Your health: sleep problems caused by hormones

According to the CDC, more than one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep regularly.

There are many reasons for sleep problems, but your hormones can be at the top of the list.

A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling tired, cranky, and confused the next day.

“There is no reason for anyone to be miserable and sleep deprived,” said Katie Kovaleski, founder of Anytime Sleep Consulting.

If you’re a woman who doesn’t sleep well, Yale research shows that your hormones may be to blame.

Your body has 50 hormones that help start or stop certain body functions.

The two major female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can impact sleep at different times in a woman’s life.

For example, just before menstruation, progesterone levels drop dramatically.

During pregnancy and menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate up and down.

Experts say to try exercise to compensate for sleep difficulties. Also, try to avoid nicotine and caffeine.

“According to the National Sleep Foundation, about two in three women during or around menopause will have trouble sleeping,” said Mache Seibel, MDOBGYN, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

If you’re going through menopause, foods high in soy that contain a chemical that mimics the effect of estrogen may help.

These include tofu, miso, soy milk, and edamame.

You can also ask your doctor about birth control or hormone replacement therapy.

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Some studies have shown that women who take these therapies report improvements in sleep.

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