Sleep – It’s Not Overrated
Insomnia, lack of rest, and stress are major contributors to health problems today. Much of people’s lack of sleep or insomnia comes from our thoughts related to work stress, family responsibilities, relationship conflicts, money worries, hormonal imbalances, diet, burning the candle at both ends, heavy metal toxicity, electromagnetic stress, and imbalanced minerals. The body goes through restoration and repair during the deep sleep stage. The brain, however, goes through revitalization and processing information during REM. If you are not getting enough deep and REM sleep which are the last stages of sleep, then you are probably waking up feeling tired, unrefreshed, suffering from memory problems, lowered immune system, and mood swings.
I have found copper toxicity to also be a huge factor in sleep disturbance. My sleep issues go back to puberty. In my mid-thirties I had a sleep study done but they couldn’t really identify the issues. That’s because it had to do with hormones and copper toxicity. Since I went through menopause before 50, I had to have been in perimenopause at the time. Where there is estrogen there is copper.
I also had a traumatic childhood that contributed to zinc loss as we lose zinc when stressed. Zinc and copper are antagonistic. This is another reason so many people are copper toxic. Due to my hormones being severely low before menopause, I have been on bioidentical hormones almost 6 years now. I’ve been on nutritional balancing for almost 3 years.
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker
To help you understand the copper and estrogen relationship, I want to share what I learned this year. In February I had hormone pellets (estrogen and testosterone) inserted, as I had been doing for the last year. By May I had bleeding daily, so instead of getting new pellets that are supposed to wear off 3 – 4 months, I decided to go without them and only take progesterone. My blood work in August for estradiol to progesterone ratio still indicated high estrogen dominance. A recent ultrasound shows a thick uterine lining from too much estrogen.
Another thing I did different in May was Dr. Wilson adding Lecithin to my program. I had been getting up every hour or two for most of my life. By mid-July, I noticed my sleep improved dramatically. I’ve now sleeping well for 3 months and my recent blood work shows a more balanced estradiol to progesterone ratio. Long story short, I feel the best I have in too long to remember. I will go into more detail about my journey with menopause and hormones in another blog or podcast in the coming months.
Some things to incorporate for better sleep habits are no TV in the bedroom, avoid caffeine after 12pm, limit heavy or spicy foods at night, complete workouts/activity at least 3 hours prior to bedtime, and reduce bright lights and electronics after 7pm. If you are doing those things and still suffering, then you may want to get a hair mineral analysis to help identify body chemistry imbalances that could be contributing to your insomnia, like copper toxicity.