Dr. Dawn Ericsson, M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update: Losing Sleep?  
Progesterone treatments may help you face every day rested and refreshed.

Hello friends, 

I’d like to talk to you today about sleep. 

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. But if you find that you are frequently waking up in the morning still tired, and start dragging by mid-afternoon, it may be something more serious than just a “bad night.” 

Let me introduce you to progesterone. While progesterone is primarily known for its role in the female reproductive system, it also influences sleep patterns in women. Progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone in the body, plays a crucial role in various physiological functions, including the regulation of sleep. Here’s how progesterone can impact sleep:

Sedative effect:
Progesterone has a calming and sedative effect on the brain, promoting relaxation and aiding in the initiation of sleep. During the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels increase, which can contribute to a sense of drowsiness and improved sleep quality in some women.
Regulation of sleep cycles:
Progesterone helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle and influences the amount of time spent in different sleep stages, including deep, restorative sleep. It can contribute to an overall sense of well-being and improved sleep quality.
Reduction of anxiety:
Progesterone has been shown to have anxiolytic properties, helping to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calmness, which can contribute to improved sleep patterns.
Menopausal sleep disturbances:
During menopause, when progesterone levels decline, many women experience sleep disturbances. Some studies suggest that progesterone therapy may help alleviate menopausal symptoms, including sleep disturbances, by supplementing the declining levels of this hormone.

While progesterone can have a positive influence on sleep, its effects can vary from person to person, and it may not be a universal solution for sleep issues. Women experiencing sleep disturbances should consult their healthcare providers for a comprehensive evaluation and guidance on appropriate treatment options. Hormone replacement therapy, including progesterone, may be recommended in specific cases where hormonal imbalances contribute to sleep disturbances. However, it is essential to consider the potential risks and benefits of any treatment approach, as well as individual health factors and medical history.

If you are experiencing disrupted sleep, it might benefit you to have your progesterone levels checked by the healthcare professionals here at AgeRejuvenation. Let’s talk about it. Click here or call 844.907.2476 to schedule an appointment today.