Do you lie awake at night wondering why you can’t sleep more often than you’d like to admit? “Was it the 3 p.m. coffee? Am I worried about my meeting tomorrow? Maybe I should try meditating.”
Sleep deprivation is a serious condition that men should not ignore. Not only does it drain your mental abilities and put your physical health at risk, but it can also lead to several health problems like a weakened immune system, hypertension, memory issues, mood changes, poor balance, or Low Testosterone.
A link between sleep problems and testosterone levels might seem odd, but they’re intimately connected. If you find yourself tossing, turning, overthinking, and watching the hours tick by night after night, the underlying medical condition to blame may be Low Testosterone.
It’s natural for testosterone levels to begin declining with age. In fact, Low Testosterone is a very common condition that affects nearly 40% of men aged 45 and older. It can lead to lower energy levels, insomnia, and changes in your sleep patterns, among other symptoms, including:
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Decreased bone mass
- Mood changes (e.g., depression, irritability, or a lack of focus)
- Memory loss
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should average 7-9 hours of undisturbed sleep per night. If you’re falling well below this range on a regular basis, it’s important to talk to your doctor or a specialist to find out if you have a hormone imbalance. Testosterone replacement therapy can help restore hormone levels and improve deep, restful sleep.
The connection between Low T and sleep problems
Most of the testosterone men use every day is replenished at night. Normal testosterone production requires quality, undisturbed sleep called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. When men struggle to get adequate, high-quality REM sleep, testosterone levels can be negatively affected. When testosterone levels are low, sleep is affected, creating a cycle that is difficult to break.
Here are three ways Low T and sleep problems are connected:
- Regular or chronic sleep disturbances increase cortisol levels throughout the body, which is linked to wakefulness and therefore decreased testosterone production.
- Low Testosterone can lead to adrenal fatigue, often making insomnia and Low T worse.
- Low Testosterone levels can also obstruct brain functions required to achieve deep sleep (when men naturally produce testosterone).
Diagnosing sleep problems
Testosterone replacement therapy can help resolve sleep issues related to Low Testosterone.
Certain sleep conditions can cause or exacerbate the onset of Low T including:
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Most cases of insomnia are related to poor sleep habits, depression, anxiety, lack of exercise, chronic illness, or certain medications.
- Adrenal fatigue
The term “adrenal fatigue” has been used to explain a group of symptoms that are said to occur in people who are under long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress. When this happens, the adrenal glands (small organs located above the kidneys) cannot keep up with the body’s need for the stress hormone, cortisol.
It is important to discuss any potential sleep disorders or sleep discomfort with your provider before you being Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
Break the cycle with Testosterone Replacement Therapy
SynergenX Health can help interrupt this cycle with testosterone replacement therapy. Our specialist providers will guide you with an individualized treatment option that will not only help you get better sleep but will also give you more energy, help you focus and increase your libido.
At SynergenX, we provide a custom approach to treating sleep problems associated with Low Testosterone that includes a tailored plan for hormone replacement therapy, ongoing monitoring of hormone levels and variable dosing.
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