Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
How do hormones affect sleep? Hormones whether associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause can negatively affect sleep. Progesterone plays a crucial role in elevating the body’s temperature and helps in inducing sleep. Low levels of progesterone, especially during the menopausal period, have been associated with a drop in the ability to get a deep and restful sleep. Oestrogen is important for the formation of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, which is essential for restful sleep. It has been observed that at menopause, a decrease in the levels of oestrogen reduces the production of the neurotransmitter to the brain, which in turn results in insomnia.