One of the first changes my patients notice during perimenopause (the five years or so before menopause) are changes in their sleep. Sleep is no longer so restful and restorative which can be responsible for many of the menopausal symptoms we experience such as lack of energy, anxiety, depression and weight gain and various pain syndromes.
Women are twice as likely as a men to have difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep that is called insomnia. Sleep disorders can be categorized as insomnia,(more common in women) circadian rhythm disturbances (shift workers), sleep disordered breathing (more common in men) and restless leg syndrome.
A recent article in the New York daily news sited a study from Michigan State University that showed an increased risk of breast cancer in women with sleep issues, particularly circadian rhythm disturbance which is linked to melatonin production in the brain. We have known breast cancer incidence is 30% higher in shift workers for several years and the most at risk are those women with fewer than three night shifts per week as they never can adjust to one schedule.
Underlying causes of insomnia in women are often due to hormonal changes, that is decreased estrogen and progesterone. Lower estrogen is associated with mood and emotional changes and affects brain wave frequency and core body temperature. The subsequent hot flashes often wake you from sleep. Taking progesterone can drastically decrease insomnia many in perimenopause and menopause. Weight gain around menopause does increase the incidence of sleep disordered breathing (think snoring and apnea).
Arizona Breastnet was founded in 1998 by Dr. Belinda Barclay-White for today’s modern woman – one who takes charge of her own health and wants to be informed and educated about her personal healthcare decisions. We provide expert, timely, comprehensive breast care in an environment that supports one’s physical and emotional well-being.
Dr. Barclay-White is a Board Certified Radiologist who has been practicing radiology in Phoenix, Arizona since 1983. Dr. Barclay-White has gained a reputation as an expert mammographer among general surgeons, breast surgeons, gynecologists and primary care physicians of Arizona.
Breastnet offers immediate screening and diagnostic results, state-of-the-art breast-care technology, an all-female team of caring, dedicated experts, and spa-like surroundings.
At the time of conception it was the only facility in the Phoenix Valley to promise same day results for both screening and diagnostics exams.
Today, it remains one of only a handful in the nation to offer this same-day service and has acquired a following of patients from many different parts of the world for whom Dr. Barclay-White has diagnosed breast cancer and other non-cancerous breast conditions.
Please let us know how we can help. Call us for a thorough breast evaluation and we will provide answers to all of your questions at the time of your appointment.
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