Is Menopause Keeping You Up?
You might have experienced what most women experience when they first get married. Obviously, you can vividly remember those days when sleep was so simple; days when you just fell asleep the moment your head hit the pillow. If your husband tried to talk to you, you would imagine that you were actually dreaming.
Then came pregnancy, with resultant hormonal changes, disrupting your sleep. Next were the kids in the house who on different nights strangely took turns in waking up on different nights at those ungodly hours around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. needing to be attended to.
Well, years passed and the kids grew into teenagers and started going out. As a mother, sleep seemed to evade you until they were back at home late - safely.
When they finally move out of the “nest”, you sigh, now sure of getting a full night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Perimenopause is knocking, followed by menopause later.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, many women report the most sleeping problems during the period starting from peri- to post-menopause. Statistics show that up to 65% of women report symptoms of insomnia. During this time, diminishing levels of ostrogen plus progesterone can have a major impact on their sleeping patterns.
A good number of women tend to experience certain sleeping disorders ranging from being unable to go to sleep or not remaining asleep - to sleep conditions. These sleeping problems are not the same in severity from one woman to another.
They are several things that combine simultaneously to trigger these sleeping disorders. They include hot flashes (night sweats) which begin with an increase in body temperature that can make you uncover yourself and even strip yourself naked. They can wreak havoc to your sleep and may also hinder you from getting back to sleep. Your mood can also be affected and anxiety set in.
So What Is The Solution?
Although no one-size-fits-all solution exists for this common problem, it is helpful to be aware of the alternatives that can actually help you to improve your sleep cycle. These include HRT (Hormone replacement therapy), over-the-counter nutritional products containing phytoestrogens, as well as sleep-enhancing medication.
There are also several home remedies that can help with sleep disorders and it is recommended that they be tried before any other sleep aid.
Here are some of them:
Sip Tart Cherry Juice - Drink a cup of tart cherry juice which is rich in tryptophan, a vital amino acid that changes to serotonin, then melatonin. Melatonin is helpful in maintaining a person’s sleep and wake cycle. It causes sleepiness, reduces body temperature, thus working with the central nervous in harmonizing the biological clock.
Chamomile Tea - Drink a cup of Chamomile Tea prior to going to bed.
Warm Milk - Drink warm milk before retiring to bed. Almond milk is highly recommended because it is very rich in calcium (calcium is very helpful to the brain when it comes to making melatonin).
Sleepy-Time Snacks – Eat foods that contain a mixture of protein and carbohydrates about 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Lavender – Try to take a hot bath with lavender oil before going to bed. Lavender oil has a calming effect and may actually help to encourage sleep. It helps your body and mind to relax.
Valerian root - Since ancient times, this therapeutic herb has been used in treating sleep complications and you can try to use it before you go to bed.
Making certain changes to your lifestyle is most likely to provide effective and long-term results. Since menopause is the root cause of your sleep problem, taking care of the night sweats or hormonal imbalance will offer greater relief. It is recommended that you speak to your doctor who will be able to find the ideal solution for your needs.
Sleep is important. Let's SLEEP IT OFF!!