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A Lack of Sleep is Doing a Lot More Than Stealing Your Youth (Part 1 of 2) 

While the lack of quality sleep can be influenced by many different factors,  hormonal changes related to perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause can disrupt a woman’s sleep patterns leading to insomnia and reduced sleep quality. According to a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine Clinics, changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can contribute to insomnia and poor sleep quality. 

Without adequate sleep, the body's systems remain under constant stress, which can lead to an increased risk of various serious illnesses and diseases including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weakened immune system. Additionally, poor sleep cognitive function, mood, and overall well-being will be impacted. 

Adequate sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. During sleep, the body undergoes critical repair and restoration processes that are vital for maintaining optimal health. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize getting enough quality sleep every night for overall health and wellness.

Lack of consistent sleep can lead to the following conditions: 

  • Increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies show that poor quality of sleep can lead to hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke. Sleep plays a critical role in the health of the cardiovascular system.

  • Increased risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Constantly getting inadequate sleep is linked to excess weight gain, especially in the midsection, increased blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and increased hunger and cravings.

  • Increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Inadequate sleep can impact how the body responds to insulin and glucose tolerance which can lead to developing type 2 diabetes. 

  • Cognitive decline and memory loss. Sleep impacts concentration, ability to learn and remember information, productivity, and performance. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a decline in cognitive function and an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

  • Mental health disorders. Poor sleep has been linked to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. 

  • Weakened immune system. Poor sleep can weaken the body’s immune response, making one more susceptible to infections, illnesses, and other immune-related disorders.

  • Low libido and potential fertility issues. Sleep disturbances can lead to hormonal imbalances that can affect libido and fertility. 

  • Increased risk of falls and accidents. Inadequate sleep can affect your coordination and ability to make decisions, leading to accidents and injuries in a car or on the job.

  • Decreased lifespan. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a shorter lifespan. Sleep plays a critical role in the body’s repair processes, and without adequate rest, systems are under constant stress, which can lead to life-shortening health issues over time.

Stay tuned to Part 2 of this blog, where I will provide a path forward with some strategies to support you in improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. 

In Good Health,


DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.



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