Insomnia Menopause Treatment

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Control Menopause Insomnia - Tips to Control Insomnia

Author: Raj Kumar

Menopause insomnia may not be a life-threatening situation and not a serious if compared with other disorders, but the inconveniences that can be delivered by this sleep disorder can be quite frustrating. This kind of insomnia has the perfect recipe that is sure to upset many middle aged women. This is a common issue for all middle-aged women, as menopause and insomnia often pairs with one another. For women in their late 40s and early 40s, the symptoms of the sleep disorder can be linked to their transition to peri-menopause. Below we have listed the factors that affect the physical condition, thereby producing insomnia, as well as ways to overcome it, you can read about each separately on, but remember that you cannot use any pharmacological agents without consultation doctor

Factors that impact sleeping patterns of middle aged women

There are many factors that affect the sleep lifestyle of women of this age bracket. Major factors that should be considered include hormonal changes, hot flashes, mood swings and social issues.

· Hormonal changes are considered as primary culprits. At this stage, the ovaries of women will start to limit the production of estrogen and the progesterone. Now this shift in production can be an inconvenient process and in some cases, the person will have trouble falling asleep. Low levels of estrogen will also allow women to be more prone to stress, and stress in turn can affect sleeping patterns.

· Hot flashes can undermine the sleeping patterns of women. Simply put, hot flashes are sudden surge of adrenaline which can wake the person's brain from sleep. In time, adrenaline levels will revert back to normal levels but this will take time. This means that the person may have to wait for some time before she can go back to sleep.

· Mood swings. Mood swings and depression are linked with one another, and these two are also related to the loss of estrogen.

· Other personal issues. Issues related to social life and personal life will have an effect as well when it comes to sleeping patterns.

This stage in the women's life tends to lasts from 3 to 10 years. Women have a choice when faced with the combo of menopause and insomnia- either to learn to live with it or address it with the help of a number of treatment options. There are two routes that can be taken in order to address this sleeping disorder. The first one is the natural way which can include lifestyle changes, and the other option is to look at what therapies can do.

Route 1: Taking the natural approach

A talk with a general health practitioner is needed first before deciding on which treatment road to take. The natural approach means controlling the sleep structure, the lifestyle and the sleeping environment. For example, women suffering from insomnia related to menopause can follow a consistent wake up times and must give their body ample time to fall asleep. There are other tips on how to create a suitable sleeping environment. Women can make their room darker and cool. Avoidance of alcohol and tobacco can help too.

Route 2: Hormone replacement therapy and other forms of treatment

This kind of therapy works by filling in the needs of the body for the lost estrogen. With estrogen, hot flashes and the attendant symptoms of menopause and insomnia can be reduced.

There are many ways on how to address the inconveniences associated with menopause insomnia. But before taking any action, a consultation with a general practitioner health professional is suggested.

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6 Responses to Insomnia Menopause Treatment

  1. dora v says:

    i went into menopause eight years ago, and i experience some changes lately. like headaches, insomnia.?
    i also have some back pain, vericose veins in one leg, some weight gain, etc.
    i decided to do some reasearch on hormone imbalance and found that many women become estrogen dominant as we age. which is the reason we females experience a host of problems even as early as in our late twenties. so i found that a progesterone cream is the best remedy to combat many of the negative symtoms that we experience as a result of aging.

    has anyone tried this progesterone cream? and do you agree that such a treatment does work?,

    please respond, i think i really need this.

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    • ladybug says:

      Hi…. I have had ALL the symptoms you listed (and more) and they started for me at the age of 27 (I am 34 now). Mine grew sooo severe each year they were not addressed. I found my 14th doctor who is an ND …..a naturopathic doctor in Houston ( (they are everywhere). (first 13 were MDs and only wanted me on antidepressants)…

      My body stopped making progesterone completely. My estrogen dominance was awful…etc…. I won’t give you all the sob stories….

      So, yes, I tried the progesterone cream. Everyone always recommended the WalMart’s Rexall I think. And it did nothing for me. I understand doctors can prescribe it in higher strengths w/prescription….but my hormone imbalance was so severe that I actually have to TAKE natural progesterone pills every day. I used to do injections.

      Try it…if it doens’t work…see if your doc will get you some stronger cream…if that doens’t work…do what I did…leave those white coats behind and find a good ND who truly will help you feel better! :) You deserve it!

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  2. Soliloquy says:

    Is early 30′s too early for menopause to begin?
    I’ve been experiencing some odd things in the past 5 months. (approximation) Steady weight gain, regardless of diet and exercise, my disposition has become quite melancholy/irritable, insomnia, strange cravings, and extremely heavy menstrual flow. by heavy, I mean waking to a blood bath and having to change every hour. I’ve never been pregnant due to ovarian cancer treatment approx. 7 years ago. Any cause for concern?

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    • essentiallysolo says:

      perimenopause can start in your twenties, but it is not common. I’d check with your gynecologist.

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  3. Niamh says:

    menopause question for women?
    What natural treatments work for hot flushes and sweats.Have you tried HRT and did it work.Did you put on weight and are there other side effects.I get bad headaches and itchy skin also insomnia.I am looking for suitable remedies and would appreciate hearing your experiences.I have had symptoms for two years now and have tried black cohosh but it had no effect.I am 47.

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    • marie m says:

      I decided I would not take HRT; and looked for ways of coping with symptoms; I found that taking vitamin E capsules helped my skin condition – the itching, the dryness. I also take Evening Primrose oil to help balance the hormones..

      The flushes are much more difficult to deal with – I have tried drinking sage tea, I have tried Black Cohosh, to no REAL effect. The flushes died down themselves eventually, and now I only have the occasional one.

      The headaches may be different; after a lifetime of migraines…they started to subside; yet I have friends who developed dreadful headaches during menopause.

      I can recommend a very good book, by Dr John Lee, called “what your doctor may not tell you about the menopause”

      In which he focuses on the role of natural progesterone in women of our age.If you never acted on any of his advice, the book is worth reading for it’s sympathetic and commonsense approach to menopause!

      I have put on weight in the past four years – I am 54 – but I’m OK with it. I kind of like having a bust, I kind of like my womanly shape!

      Insomnia is another tough one…I have also been there! I found that not taking it too seriously helped. I tried various things, like Valerina, or warm baths, or a massage, or sometimes a nightcap! There were varying degrees of success with all of them, and I think sleep remedies are as individual as you are!

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