Menopause and Sleep
Menopause and Sleep Problems
Menopause and sleep problems seem to exacerbate other symptoms. There is nothing a menopausal woman would rather do than get a good night’s sleep at the end of the day, At times, it seems that this is an unattainable luxury. Almost 40 percent of us suffer from some type of sleep problem or insomnia during menopause. It could be trouble falling or staying asleep, disrupted by night sweats, being tired early in the evening, falling back to bed after waking or going to the bathroom, or less deep slumber.
Women are more likely to complain about lack of shut-eye than men. Generally because this lack of rest affects other aspects of our lives and makes menopause mood swings at this stage worse. When we are combating fatigue, the emotional and psychological symptoms can seem exacerbated. Menopause and anxiety, poor concentration and mood swings can all be attributed to the disrupted rest of a woman experiencing this perimenopause symptom.
We can be at greater risk for other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and viral illness at this time, as well because of menopause fatigue. When we are run-down and deprived of rest, we are not healthy. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to insure a good night’s sleep.
- Make your bedroom an inviting environment where you go just for sleep.
- Block out light from windows, including the alarm clock.
- Having a fan by the bed to help with night sweats is not a bad idea.
- Stay away from drinking too much liquid in the evenings to avoid those extra trips to the bathroom.
- One rule of thumb is to stop drinking any liquid two hours before going to bed.
Also, try some menopause sleepwear for added comfort and relief from your menopause and sleep issues.