Insomnia And Menopause

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Menopause and Perimenopause Symptoms Insomnia

Author: Michelle Spencer

With increasing age, sleep problems become more and more common. Menopause is a time when many women begin losing sleep or, if they've been losing sleep before, to lose even more. Insomnia, which is defined as difficulty getting to sleep or getting back to sleep after awakening, is one of frequent signs of menopause and perimenopause symptoms. Any symptom or change in our body can cause insomnia, including menopause. If you want to investigate this issue contact and use letter writers for hire who can help you with self-presentation and job presentation.

Another of the common and annoying symptoms of menopause is restless leg syndrome (RLS), in which unpleasant tingling or painful sensations in your legs make you jerk or twitch them to relieve discomfort. This may be curtailed by making sure you have plenty of magnesium, B-group vitamins, vitamin E and iron in your diet.

The drop in estrogen that causes night sweats is also responsible for frequent awakenings, but an inability to fall or stay asleep is often aggravated by unhealthy eating and drinking habits, medications, chronic anxiety, stress and depression which is responsible for alertness. These foods should be avoided late in the evening.

Caffeine is a stimulant that affects individual organs as well as your overall metabolism, and it is a major cause of sleep disturbances. If you suffer from sleeping problems, you should cut your intake right down. You should not drink excessive amounts of liquids at bedtime, as these will fill your bladder and disturb your sleep. Try not to eat a heavy meal before bedtime; it's best if you can eat no later than 7 p.m. - but don't go to bed on an empty stomach either.

Herbal Remedies For Menopause

Passionflower can help to calm restlessness and anxiety. Take it as: an infusion (2 to 5 grams of dried herb three times a day), as a fluid extract (10 to 30 drops three times a day), or as a tincture (1:5 in 45 percent alcohol). Alternatively, try valerian in capsule form; 150 - 300 mg may be taken an hour before bedtime.

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Short-acting sleeping pills may be effective in the short term, but there is always the risk of habituation (addiction) with these drugs, and you may find you begin to need an increasingly larger dose to reach the same effect, leading eventually to being unable to sleep without them.

Melatonin supplements - which mimic the action of the brain hormone of the same name, producing drowsiness - are used in the United States for treating sleep disturbance. However, they are not available in the UK except over the internet and for restricted psychological problems.

If you are looking for medication to treat persistent insomnia it is best to consult your healthcare professional.

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10 Responses to Insomnia And Menopause

  1. prettyqbee07 says:

    Can you experience itching and insomnia when you are pregnant or in menopause or partial or full hysterectomy?

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  2. MommaDoo says:

    I think I’m having symptoms of peri menopause. I only have insomnia and headaches.?
    I am 51. Do I need anything more than Imitrex for my headaches and Ambien CR for sleep? I don’t have any other symptoms.

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    • july says:

      If your doctor has prescribed Imitrex and Ambien CR, by all means continue to take them for your symptoms.

      These are reliable, excellent articles on perimenopause:

      If your headaches and/or your insomnia have become noticeably worse in the past few weeks, see your physician. Both of these can be caused, or exacerbated (made worse) by the fluctuating hormones of perimenopause.

      Another poster mentioned low-dose hormones for a short amount of time. If you begin having other perimenopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes, these can help, but you should discuss this very thoroughly with your physician. Hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) has been strongly linked to increased risk of some types of reproductive cancers.

      Some physicians will do a FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) blood test to “diagnose” perimenopause, but as your hormones can vary daily, this test may not be that accurate.

      My own perimenopause began at age 38, although I didn’t realize that’ what it was. At age 47, I am now in menopause.

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  3. JoyceB46 says:

    I am going through menopause and have terrible insomnia,does anyone know what can help?
    I fall asleep no problem but I wake up about 2 hrs later wide awake. So I sit up till about 4 am, reading or going on the computor.Ughhhhhhh then I am so tired the next day. I try to go to bed around 11:00 pm but like clock work I am wide awake around 1:30-2:00 am. I am ready to resort to sleeping pills bc this is driving me insane. I take a vitamin supplement for menopause. Does anyone know what I can do, or has anyone going through menopause found the solution to this insane problem!

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    • Helga says:

      Never gone through menopause, but can associate with the sleeping patterns. I would increase your soy intake, it helps with the problems of meonopause and then look at taking an over the counter sleep aid in a half dosage. I do take an over the counter in the half on occassion because the full dosage makes me feel like a space cadet the next day or I don’t want to wake up at all.

      Also, try a little exercise before bed – I prefer a light yoga destressing routine that makes me sleepy. It pulls and stretches all your muscles and makes you feel really relaxed and it not really stressful or intense. It helps to relax me.

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  4. victoria c says:

    i am suffering from menopause and severe insomnia due to night sweats. I have no insurance?

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    • tirshatha2001 says:

      Wild yam extract cream apply as directed,available in health food and drug stores for under 20.00 dollars.You might also try black cohosh capsules as directed also available in drugstores,grocery and health food stores,price depends on size bottle but mine was under 20.00 dollars.

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  5. mum to 5 says:

    Insomnia problem, menopause!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP?
    I have a real problem getting to sleep then once i am asleep i find it hard to stay there.
    If i am not up for a wee which is approx 3 times a night, its that i just wake up for no apparant reason.
    I am 44 and suspect i am menopausal yuk!!!!!!!!!1
    I try staying up until i think i am about to fall asleep which is about 2am, then still cant fall asleep until 3 or 4 am, i have tried not drinking caffeine late, lavender, hot chocolate, hot baths, i seem to be running out of ideas and i have 2 young girla at home ages 6 and 4 and someyinmes i have no energy atall all day i feel so exhausted, i am going to try reading tonight, any other ideas will so gratefully be received.
    Thankyou x

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    • theladygeorge says:

      Go see a female doctor! I used to (menopause) fall asleep OK 10-11PM but wake up at 3AM and was not able to fall back asleep. It was horrible. Plus night sweats etc…
      The doctor gave me a non addictive pill called Sonata it worked like magic! I fell back asleep. And woke up with NO hang over at all. It gave me at least 3 hrs of deep sleep it was great.
      You take it when you wake up not to go to sleep.
      Good luck!!
      Be careful of Tylenol PM & all those PM over the counter pills they give you bad hang overs and if you take them every nite they tend to build up up in your system and make you feel tired all day long I know because that’s what I did and eneded up in a car accident. See you Doctor!!!

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