Insomnia, Natural Progesterone Cream and Sleep
Progesterone gives a very nice sleep induction. Progesterone users report sleeping well and waking up refreshed in the morning. This effect does not work for everyone, but a number of my customers use progesterone simply to sleep well and overcome mild insomnia. I usually recommend taking progesterone just before bedtime for insomnia issues.
One of the problems with is that it makes you too sleepy. Again any topical cream potency is ten times the potency of an oral pill. So a 20 mg topical progesterone cream is equivalent to a 200 mg oral progesterone pill dose. 90% of the progesterone pill is 1st pass metabolized by the liver. I don't know what those metabolites do, but they seem to make my patients very sleepy.
I had one patient that drove to Wal-Mart took the 400 mg oral progesterone dose, and then was so sleepy she had to ask her husband to come and get her to drive her home. The oral progesterone made her too sleepy.
John Lee, MD from "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You about Menopause" had this to say about Progesterone cream and sleep:
"Many of my patients have volunteered that the first benefit they perceived from using natural progesterone was an improved sleep pattern. After years of unsettled sleep they now look forward to retiring each night because they know they will enjoy sound sleep and awake refreshed in the morning. This is one of the reasons I tend to recommend that progesterone cream be applied at bedtime.
Research concerning progesterone's role in brain cell function is still in its infancy. It is likely that as research progresses more discoveries of progesterone's benefits will emerge."