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menopause and sleep
Over all lives our sleep pattern changes, both with regards to how long we need to sleep as well as the quality of our sleep. As we get older we unfortunately tend to have less of our sleep in the important deep sleep phases, which can lead to us feeling tired even after 7-8 hours of sleep. There are many factors that impact how well we sleep, menopause is one such factor that unfortunately often lead to a lower sleep quality.
Studies show that 3 in 4 women sleep worse during menopause and our total sleep time can decrease with almost 40 minutes. The most common menopause sleep problems are suffering from hot flashes followed by breathing problems and insomnia.
Don’t despair, there are actions you can take to sleep better!
HOT FLASHES DURING MENOPAUSE
Feeling hot and cold and night? 75-85% of all women suffer from hot flashes during menopause, this can unfortunately significantly reduce sleep quality and night comfort.
The reason behind why hot flashes appear is still under debate, many link it to the decreased levels of estrogen, which trick the hypothalamus (the temperature regulating region of the brain) into thinking that the body is overheating. The natural reaction from our body is to try to cool down, our blood vessels dilate and blood flow to the skin increase which result in a flushed and sweaty feeling.
There are remedies however, read more about what you can do to reduce the impact of hot flashes and about what makes for the best menopause pajamas.
INSOMNIA DURING MENOPAUSE
Insomnia is a real problem for many women during menopause, up 60% are impacted by insomnia. Hormonal changes that take place during the menopausal years is one factor that can contribute to insomnia as well as an increased risk of depression.
There are remedies however, you can discuss hormone replacement therapy with your doctor for example. This means taking estrogen tablets to compensate for the lower production of this hormone. There are also a number actions we can take relating to our sleep habits and sleep hygiene to improve our sleep;
1. Food: some foods make sleeping difficult such as alcohol, caffeine and food that are difficult to digest. Some other foods, for example those that naturally contain melatonin, actually help us to sleep better
2. Exercise: adding even 20-30 minutes of low intensity work-outs to your daily routine a few times a week can make a real difference to your sleep quality.
3. Habits and lifestyle: by switching off our electrical gadgets and establishing a sleep routine we can signal to our bodies that it's time to go to bed.
4. Mood and stress: stress makes sleep difficult and when we are tired we are more easily stressed. Beat the stress-sleep cycle by making sleep a priority.
5. Bedroom: make sure that your bedroom is a haven of peace. Keep it cool, dark and quit as much as possible.
SLEEP APNEA DURING MENOPAUSE
Snoring is more common during the menopausal years and also more severe.
Another breathing related sleep problem is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means that your breathing stops and starts during the sleep which makes sleeping difficult and our sleep quality suffer as a result. If you think that you might suffer from sleep apnea you should contact your doctor as more health problems can develop if it’s left untreated.
Actions that can help alleviate the condition range from using breathing devices that open up the airways to lifestyle changes such as losing weight (there is a close link between over-weight and sleep apnea) as well as changing sleep position.
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