Parents may blame raging hormones for turbulent teenage behavior. But what about harnessing the power of these hormones themselves? For those aged 40 or over, hormones can promote a good night’s sleep and increase intimacy levels.
Hormones: the great equalizer
Hormones are chemical messengers in our bodies that keep tabs on our internal functions and make sure our organs are working properly. Women know that even a slight change in their estrogen, testosterone or progesterone levels can result in symptoms such as low energy, moodiness, food cravings, loss of libido and weight gain. Men with low testosterone levels may also experience these symptoms, though TV commercials do their best to blame the symptoms on a certain part of their anatomy instead, leading to reduced awareness.
So, what should you address first: your lack of sleep? Or low intimacy levels? In actual fact, the two are linked. Dr. Rachel Needle points out that in women, estrogen levels rise after intimacy, which can enhance the REM cycle and lead to a deeper sleep. For men, the hormone prolactin is secreted after being intimate with another person, and this hormone has been linked to feeling drowsy.
Thankfully, you can now bring both your sleep quality and intimacy levels back into balance with a little hormonal help from science.
Help is on the way
Worrying about declining hormone levels will not help you get a better night’s sleep or make you feel friskier. But there are two solutions that will.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), or pellet therapy, is one of the most effective methods for helping men and women improve their quality of sleep and give a boost to other nocturnal activities. All it takes to benefit from the rice-sized pellets is a few minutes in a qualified practitioner’s office, a local anesthetic and a very small incision in the skin to insert them. The pellets work based on cardiac output and are not time-dependent. In other words, the more physically or emotionally active you are, the more hormones are released by the pellet and absorbed by the body. Just two to three office visits per year are required to maintain consistent levels.
Oxytocin is another reliable solution. For women, this naturally-occurring “cuddle hormone” is released after a bout of intimacy. It leads to the reduction of cortisol, a stress-based hormone, helps the mind and body enter a state of deep relaxation and improves sleep. For men, oxytocin can also encourage better bonding.
Rediscover your balance
Hormones are there to help us live, love and sleep better. If you are not feeling at your physical or emotional best, EVEXIAS Medical Centers may be what you need. Founded by Terri DeNeui, DNP, ACNP, APRN-BC, EVEXIAS provides life-changing technologies to help people get back to their best and stay that way – both in and out of the bedroom. See how hormone balancing, oxytocin therapy and other modalities can help you. Visit evexiasmedical.com for more details about the therapies and technologies provided and contact us for a confidential consultation.
Speaker, Author, and Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Terri DeNeui, DNP, ACNP, APRN-BC, has extensive training in her field. She earned her B.A in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at UT Arlington. In addition to her training in acute and emergency medicine, she has extended her education to include certifications in Preventative Wellness Medicine, Functional Medicine and Hormone Replacement Therapy.