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According to a study by the University of Bergen in Norway, estrogen and progesterone hormone imbalance in postmenopausal women may cause sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes sleep disruption by snoring and restlessness. You may experience insomnia or difficulty catching up on REM sleep if you snore continuously throughout the night. However, the most dangerous symptom of sleep apnea is disturbed breathing, which may even be fatal in severe cases.
Per the study, when women were administered a doubled amount of estrogen, their snoring was reduced by 19%. On the other hand, when the progesterone amount was doubled, the snoring decreased by 9%.
Similarly, progesterone doubling was also associated with a 12% less risk of choking during sleep – a fatal symptom of sleep apnea.
Hence, scientists recommend holistic approaches to increase estrogen and progesterone levels after entering the menopause phase.
Women usually go for HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) to balance estrogen levels in the body after their 40s. Another technique is to add foods rich in estrogen-boosting compounds to your daily diet.