Insomnia & Brain Fog: Could It Be Perimenopause?

Having a foggy brain and trouble sleeping isn’t just a sign of aging and stress. In this video, I’ll share why it could be symptoms of perimenopause and how to banish brain fog and finally get that deep sleep you’ve been craving for.

When women are trying to deal with insomnia and brain fog, they can feel very overwhelmed with work, family responsibilities, and their to-do lists. They can also feel very discouraged because they used to power through their day and still have plenty of energy in the evening to go out with friends or cook a delicious meal. They may not realize that insomnia and brain fog are often hormonal imbalances that can happen during perimenopause.

Perimenopause is a stage in a women’s life that usually happens in her 30s and 40s. It is when estrogen and progesterone levels can start to fluctuate. It can result in premenstrual syndrome, PMS, painful periods, sleep issues, and brain fog. But you don’t have to get grim and bear all these symptoms. It’s all about rebalancing your hormones. Many of the things that cause hormonal imbalances are well within your ability to upgrade.

But the key is to have a plan that isn’t overwhelming and a guide who can help you understand how all these factors impact your hormones. So one of the things that impact a lot of women dealing with perimenopausal symptoms is estrogen dominance. When you have trouble releasing estrogen after your monthly cycle, it is stored inside your body. High estrogen levels can develop naturally, but too much estrogen can also result from taking certain medications, visit

Your body may also develop low testosterone or low progesterone levels, which can upset your hormonal balance. If you have estrogen levels that are abnormally high relative to your progesterone levels, it is known as estrogen dominance. Although not an official diagnosis, estrogen dominance is an all too common health concern for many women and men. All the hormone levels might be within the normal range; estrogen dominance occurs when the estrogen level is relatively high, compared to the level of progesterone and testosterone.

More recently, however, hormone imbalances in men are better understood. Estrogen is a collective term of various types of these hormones, Estrone, a weaker form that is higher in postmenopausal women. Estradiol is the most commonly present in women and men, and Estriol helps your body prepare for childbirth during pregnancy.

Primarily it’s made in the ovaries. These estrogens are also producing the adrenal glands and in fatty tissues. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic or interfere with hormones. One category is called xenoestrogens and has estrogen-like effects on your body.

Estrogen seems to play a protective role against hepatic fat accumulation. So like fatty liver by suppressing the lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis that needs production of lipids and production of glucose from other sources besides carbohydrates. It promotes lipolysis or breaks and gets enough fat and glycogen storage or storage of glucose. Interestingly, estrogen can increase both cholesterol synthesis and secretion.

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