So, let’s cut right to the chase.
There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to beating insomnia when you’re in menopause. However, you can learn some methods to improve your chances of getting quality sleep each night.
The way to achieve this is to try it all. Find out what works for your friend, that woman in the forum you frequent, or your co-worker who’s full of pep every morning. Apply their tactics to your nightly routine and see what sticks.
Keep in mind that what works for you might not work for the next woman. And you can’t establish a bedtime routine only one night out of the week. Training your body and mind will take time and habit building.
We’ve rounded up some facts, statistics and the best tips we’ve come across to help you sleep. Some of this information may be a good refresher or new to you.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT SLEEP
SO, WHAT CAUSES LACK OF SLEEP DURING MENOPAUSE?
During perimenopause and menopause, a woman’s ovaries produce lower amounts of estrogen and progesterone, which are hormones that help promote sleep.
Not to mention those hot flashes–or a surge of adrenaline caused by the decrease of hormones. It can be triggered by external sources, such as tight clothing, alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. And this sudden rise in energy can lead to wakefulness.
After menopause, 10% of women experience a decrease in the thyroid hormone. This leads to weight gain and increases your risk for snoring and sleep apnea.
Aside from hormonal changes, this stage of life may keep you awake at night. Your children are moving out, you’re retiring, and your husband just bought a motorcycle. All of this can lead to depression, anxiety, stress, or mood swings.
WHY EVEN BOTHER SLEEPING?
Too much or too little sleep can affect your quality of life. In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than 5 hours of sleep or more than 6 ½ hours of sleep per night.
Here are a few more benefits of sleep:
TIPS FOR GETTING MORE SLEEP