Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life that usually occurs in the fifties but some women may experience it sooner or later. Menopause indicates the slowing down of the reproductive system, the end of the menstrual cycle and the inability of bearing children.
During menopause a woman will experience hormonal imbalances, which inevitably will have a series of side effects such as insomnia. Here is how you can recognize, treat and sometimes even prevent menopause insomnia.
General Menopause Symptoms
Because menopause affects our hormonal levels directly, a woman will usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: irregular bleeding in early stages, hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, change in appetite that can affect your weight, dry vagina, urinary tract infections in some cases, anxiety, headaches, depression and insomnia.
Recognizing Menopause Insomnia
Menopause can occur any time between 45 to 65 years of age but in some cases earlier and a good way to expect and prepare for your menopause stage is asking your mother when she got her menopause. However, lifestyles can make a huge difference, for example, if you did not have any children, you are likely to have menopause set in faster then your mother.
Menopause insomnia can manifest in many different ways such as: having difficulty falling asleep, having difficulties staying asleep and/or waking up in the early hours of the morning and not being able to go back to sleep. The only way to recognize a changing pattern in your sleep and link it to menopause is to also notice changes in your body, such as the menstrual cycle, your age and lifestyle. Consult your doctor, who will be able to determine precisely if you are experiencing early symptoms of menopause.
Dealing With Menopause Insomnia
If you caught the menopause in its early stages the best way to deal with it is through exercise and a healthy diet prescribed by your doctor, which, when combined, will work together to provide you the nightly rest. There are a large variety of medications that can also contribute to provide you relief from menopause insomnia however, they must only be administered with a doctor’s prescription and supervision, as sleeping aids can be habit forming and also have a series of side effects.
Most of us deal with a great deal of stress on a daily basis, some of which we are not even aware of and that, along with the natural changes in your body, such as menopause, can vastly affect your sleeping pattern. Try and find natural remedies as much as possible, like eating healthy and exercising along with herbal teas and relaxing baths that will induce sleep and an over all feeling of well-being.