Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/20/2015 -- Hormones are known as one of the many causes of the sleep disorder called insomnia. However, rarely do we hear premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which encompasses a wide variety of symptoms brought about by women's menstrual cycle, associated with this condition.
Studies show that women encounter sleeping problems two times more than men, and this is can be attributed to shifts or changes in their hormonal levels. It has been observed that, in normal healthy women, sleeplessness becomes more pronounced in the 1-2 weeks before the onset of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, progesterone becomes more active, raising the body temperature and causing difficulties in sleeping. Further, estrogen, which increases during this phase, hinders melatonin or the 'sleep hormone' from doing its job.
Kathryn Lee, a women's sleep expert and Associate Dean of Research at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, explains that, during ovulation, there is a spike in the estrogen levels, followed by an increase in progesterone levels, which increases sleepiness. It isn't until a few days before the start of the next period that both estrogen and progesterone levels drastically drop. Lee says that this abrupt progesterone withdrawal causes insomnia.
Generally, low progesterone also causes the body temperature to drop. However, the accompanying drop in estrogen levels, coupled by the drastic movements of the hormones, lead to the body's temperature-regulating system to be confused. As a result, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep deprivation and insomnia episodes occur.
Fortunately, insomnia associated with PMS is not a hopeless case, since there are measures that may be taken. Tracking and monitoring one's menstrual cycles, as well as one's hormone levels, is a good way to start. Light therapy and other types of hormone therapies are also possible treatments especially in extreme cases.
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