Menopause is responsible for so many changes in a woman's
life. Having Insomnia leads to some many other
problems. After all sleep is the primary healer.
Lack of sleep is the biggest cause of being irritable and
menopause is going to make you irritable even if you get your
sleep. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Menopause and Insomnia
By: Cathy Taylor
Insomnia is a very common symptom reported by numerous women
at the onset of menopause. It is characterized by sleepless
nights and often uncomfortable sleep such as tossing and
turning in an effort to get comfortable. If you are primarily a
mentally active person, it can become very difficult to calm
the mind. You feel restless and irritable. Welcome to the
change of life.
Insomniacs sleep is chock-full of waking up at frequent
times during the night, waking up too early, and light sleep
where the ticking of a hand clock may jolt you awake. This
condition occurs during menopause because it is a side-effect
of other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and general
physical and mental discomfort. When your body is dealing with
night sweats, it's easy to have your sleep interrupted, which
makes it even more difficult to be sharp and at your best
during the day.
Consuming stress-inducing foods loaded with things such as
caffeine can further stimulate tension, so it is important to
maintain a caffeine-free diet. Avoid drinking coffee as late in
the day as possible. Do not over stimulate your nervous system.
Release tension by learning hatha yoga postures or how to
breath deeply and mediate.
Try altering your sleep arrangements. If you find that your
pillow is not soft enough, or maybe it's too elevated for your
head, make adjustments. If you find that the polyester blankets
you're lying on does not relax the contours of your body -
switch them. It takes effort to accommodate these changes and
make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Exercise also preps the body for restful sleep. Scientific
studies suggest eating fat loaded foods are not recommended
before bedtime. So a steady, healthy is a great plus. Insomnia
can be treated by consuming foods that increase the serotonin
levels in your brain so that your body relaxes. Serotonin is
responsible for aiding with sleep by calming your brain. Drink
a glass of warm milk before bedtime to help calm your
There are many causes for insomnia that stem from menopause.
Depression is characteristic of this transition and can
negatively influence your sleep. Decreasing estrogen levels can
cause the on-set of depressive symptoms. In the menstrual
cycle, ovulation causes progesterone (which has soothing
effects on the mind and body) to be released.
Irregular cycles may cause anxiety to build-up, as a result
of the lack of this ¨happy hormone.¨ For some people, taking
melatonin is enough to get a restful night. For others, a
prescription sleeping pill is necessary. Some women swear by
black cohosh to help with body flushes as well as natural
sources of progesterone.
In any case, it is important to consult with your doctor in
order to decide together what treatment is best for you.
The information in this article is for educational purposes
only, and is not intended as medical advice.