Are You Losing Sleep During Menopause?
If you’re waking up a lot at night, tossing and turning, and generally suffering with insomnia, it might be connected with menopause. When you begin going through menopause, you may find that your sleep is less and less restful, if you sleep at all. This is one of the most annoying menopause symptoms.
Menopause sleep disorders include any ailment in a person’s normal sleep patterns. If sleep disorders reach a severe intensity, they can seriously affect your mental and emotional health.
Insomnia is the most frequent complaint, striking up to 56% of women as a menopause symptom. Some women may also develop restless leg syndrome, snoring, or sleep apnea. When women go through menopause, sleep is less restful. Typically, the frequency of insomnia doubles from the amount you had before you entered menopause. Research also indicates that women begin to experience restless sleep as many as 5-7 years before entering menopause.
What Causes Menopause Sleep Disorders?
There are two causes—psychological and physical.
Psychological—Emotional daily stress, overwork, and fatigue can cause menopause sleep disorders. When these factors combine and get out of control, emotional stability is disrupted. This can lead to an unbalance of your bodily functions, causing metabolic changes that may lead to sleep disorders. Usually these are temporary and sleep disorders top when the stressful time ends.
Physical—Menopause sleep disorders are mainly caused by unbalanced hormone levels. Estrogen declination causes a variety of physical side effects including a reduction in serotonin (chemical in the brain), which is used to create melatonin (sleep hormone). Without a balanced level of estrogen, the body is not able to produce the right amount of serotonin or melatonin. This is why maintaining a balanced estrogen level is important for controlling and preventing menopause sleep disorders.
What To Do About Menopause Sleep Disorders?
First, you must determine if your problem is psychological or physical.
Psychological—Menopause sleep disorders caused by stress, overwork, and fatigue should be treated by scheduling rest and relaxation time, as well as integrating an exercise program in your daily routine. Keep in mind that in most cases a combination of psychological and physical treatments is the best option for managing menopause sleep disorders.
Physical—Because menopause symptoms are generally caused by low hormone levels, a hormonal balancing program is the best solution. There are several ways to manage menopause sleep disorders, but the best way is by combining therapies such as “lifestyle approaches” and alternative medicine.
We all know about the problems with HRT, therefore, you will want to consider using a natural progesterone cream to balance your estrogen level.
In summary, starting with perimenopause symptoms, sleep loss is a key indicator menopause has started. Menopause information generally describes low hormone levels as the root cause. While there are side effects of natural progesterone cream, using natural hormone replacement therapy is a good alternative to the more conventional HRT and the high risks associated with it.