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Dr. Kathy Maupin

Medical Director of BioBalance Health and Author of The Secret Female Hormone

Testosterone and Insomnia

Here is what my patients say about Insomnia: “I can’t sleep longer than 4 hours! I wake up at 2 am, and can’t go to sleep. When I do sleep I don’t wake up rested. I can’t work well anymore because I am sleep deprived!”

Definition of insomnia:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking in the early morning hours
  • Lack of Dreaming, Stage 4 and REM sleep
  • Inability to go back to sleep
  • Non-refreshing sleep

If your insomnia began after you turned 40, you probably have testosterone related insomnia.

Causes of insomnia:

  • Worry
  • Depression
  • Hyperactive sympathetic nervous system
  • Medications
  • Heredity
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Lack of Testosterone
  • Lack of Estradiol causing hot flashes

There are many causes of insomnia, and it is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Most of my patients present to me after they have tried treatments for other etiologies like depression and a sleep study. They are still suffering from the fatigue caused by sleep deprivation when they come to me for therapy.

Treatments you may have tried:

  • Anti-Depressants: Zoloft, Paxil, Chlorazepate
  • Sleep medications: Ambien, Restoril
  • Sedatives: Xanax, Valium
  • Anti-psychotics
  • Melatonin
  • Homeopathic Remedies
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Warm milk and Benedryl

Primary care doctors are trained to use the most straight forward methods, because they work for some people. The listed treatments give the insomniac some relief from constant wakefulness if it is not caused by hormonal deficits. You may have exhausted most of these therapies yourself, but are still tossing and turning all night!

Do you have insomnia due to an estrogen or testosterone deficit?

  • New onset after 38 years of age
  • Begins before menopause
  • Causes daytime fatigue
  • Early morning waking with or without hot flashes
  • Increases in illnesses by impairing the immune system

If you fit most of these symptoms then you probably have a special type of insomnia that is caused by a lack of Testosterone, with or without lack of Estradiol. We cure this problem all the time!

Long term outcomes of insomnia

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory loss, dementia
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Viral infections
  • Increased incidence of cancer and chronic disease

This sleep can change our mood, our work quality and rob us of the joy of living. Rarely do doctors blame lack of sleep as the cause of disease. When asked how we feel by our doctor, we do a subconscious check and do not even notice the lack of sleep that pervades our life. but this condition causes other illness in a very insidious way. It creeps up on us as we pile on months and years of poor sleep. This does not allow our body to have the healing rest of deep sleep and we find ourselves with many of these symptoms and diseases.

Illnesses follow the lack of sleep, by suppressing our immune system, inability to repair damaged cells, and neurotransmitters.

Insomnia’s Secret Remedy:

  • Testosterone: REM sleep & dreams and increase in stage 4 sleep
  • Estradiol: suppresses hot flashes
  • Progesterone: relaxation for falling asleep

Hormone balance—all three of our female hormones—help us to sleep peacefully. Not all three are needed for most women, but Testosterone is key to deep and restful sleep. At BioBalance, we replace the hormones that are missing, to create our restful sleep.

Testosterone Pellet’s Effect on Insomnia:

  • Restful sleep returns
  • You progressively feel like yourself
  • Daytime fatigue is relieved
  • Mental tasks become easier
  • Improved Energy
  • Improved Immune response

The most effective form of Testosterone is BioBalance Testosterone Pellets, which mimics the exact ovarian testosterone we made ourselves when we were younger. I love to treat insomnia with pellets because my patients are so much better in every way when they sleep well! What follows is a life free of fatigue, depression and muddled thinking.

  1. Comments
  2. |
    Feb 23, 2010
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    Can high testerone levels (mine is around 71 ng/dL) have an affect on sleep? I’ve had chronic insomnia for almost 30 years starting in my teens and I only sleep 3 1/2 to 4 hours a night awaking early in the morning. Thank you!

 
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