Healthy Hormone Levels and Sleep Apnea

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Healthy Hormone Levels and Sleep Apnea

Man with low testosterone snoring

Low Testosterone levels can cause sleep apnea. People with imbalanced hormone production or regulation often experience difficulty falling asleep. Staying asleep, and even more serious sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

When you think of hormones, you probably think of hot flashes and night sweats in women and erectile dysfunction in men. However, hormones actually affect many aspects of our lives. In fact, hormone balance is one of our most important sleep regulators.

Hormones Affected by Sleep Apnea

Healthy hormone production relies on healthy sleeping patterns. Because sleep apnea sufferers are likely to experience poor sleep quality, they are at a greater risk of experiencing unhealthy hormone levels.

Testosterone and Sleep Apnea

Testosterone is responsible for many important functions in both men AND women. Most of the body’s daily production of this hormone actually occurs while we are sleeping. This means that sleeping disorders like Sleep Apnea can seriously affect the production of testosterone. For most people, sexual function and desire is what they think of first when they think of Testosterone. However, it is equally important to building healthy bone density, bone strength, and muscle mass. Low testosterone levels negatively affect the development of young men as well as the health of adult men.

Studies published in The Journal of American Medical Medicine (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21632481/) showed that patients that experience interrupted sleep, poor sleeping habits, and/or poor sleep quality also experience lowered testosterone levels of ten to fifteen percent.

Do Low Estrogen Levels Cause Sleep Apnea?

Although men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, menopausal and pregnant women have an increased risk of developing this dangerous sleeping disorder. Women are also more likely to experience episodes of sleep apnea and snoring during menopause because of fluctuating estrogen levels in the body. Fluctuating hormone levels are common in menopausal women and can cause symptoms that contribute to apnea.

As estrogen levels decrease during and after menopause, hot flashes and night sweats can occur and interrupt sleep. Estrogen helps aids in the metabolism of magnesium in the body. Magnesium is a mineral that relieves muscular tension and helps prevent spasm. A common symptom of early morning muscle cramping (especially in the calves) is low Magnesium levels.

Can Too Little Progesterone Cause Sleep Apnea?

Another feminine hormone reduced during menopause, Progesterone helps women fall asleep at night. This means that poorly balance Estrogen and Progesterone levels can make it difficult to not only fall asleep but to stay asleep as well.

If you or your partner are experiencing difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep, snoring, or sleep apnea, consider having your hormone levels checked. Our office offers comprehensive hormone testing to determine if you are suffering from imbalanced hormones. Call (303) 424-7171 to schedule hormone testing for just $99!