Menopause is often associated with symptoms like hot flashes and difficulty losing weight. Many women also report that going through menopause has done a number on their typical sleep pattern. Uncomfortable symptoms can make it much more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
Of course, getting enough sleep remains an essential piece of your health and wellness, so addressing barriers is important. Understanding how menopause affects sleep can help you prepare and incorporate habits to set yourself up for success.
Sleep issues become more common as women get older. Evidence suggests that approximately 40-50% of perimenopausal women experience sleep disorders and this number can rise to as high as 60% among postmenopausal women.
Why? Menopause comes with a few of its own specific sleep-disrupting characteristics. Many women experience insomnia, hot flashes, and sleep-disordered breathing that makes it difficult to consistently get rest. And understandably so — nobody rests well when they’re overheating, breathing abnormally, or awake into the wee hours of the night for no apparent reason.
As for the underlying causes, we can mostly blame the fluctuating hormones. Menopause is literally the pausing of the menstrual cycle. During this season of life, your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones are heavily involved in your appetite, mood, sex drive, sleep, body temperature regulation, and even your breathing rate — so no wonder all of these things are affected.
Not getting enough sleep is annoying and impacts every aspect of your life beyond bedtime. Adequate sleep is critical for your ability to focus and think clearly, have the energy to engage in your daily activities, for your immune health, and for your long-term wellness.
Now that you know how menopause affects sleep, what can you do about it? Let’s dive into some potential options.
The best approach for improving menopausal sleep is to incorporate consistent everyday habits that may help ease symptom severity.
One way to do this is by incorporating natural remedies. While Western medicine and pharmaceuticals certainly have a place in getting through menopause, natural remedies may help alleviate certain symptoms.
Consider what your typical day-to-day routine looks like and identify some areas where improvements could be made to better support your sleep.
Three of the most impactful lifestyle habits include:
Your diet can also be adjusted to better support sleep during menopause. After all, nutrition is a key component of your mental and physical health. Without the proper nutrients, your body has a harder time keeping you healthy.
Add these sleep-promoting foods to your diet:
Staying hydrated is also a critical part of your menopause routine. Your body is around 60% water at any given time, and fluid is regularly lost through normal processes like urination, sweating, and other daily maintenance. It’s important to replenish your fluids for proper temperature regulation and immune function.
If you struggle to stay hydrated, consider these tips:
Many women find that adding herbal supplements to their sleep routine can help them achieve better rest at night. Some of these include:
Note that herbal supplements aren’t for everyone and can interact with certain medications and other supplements. Speak with your healthcare provider before adding these to your sleep regimen.
Sometimes, starting your nighttime routine with a warm, soothing beverage can help set you up for better sleep success. Here are three recipes that are not only simple and tasty but also contain ingredients that may help prepare your mind and body for rest.
Combine your dried herbs together in a tea ball or reusable tea bag and place it in your mug. Add boiling water to fill your mug and allow your tea to steep for 3-5 minutes or per your liking. Remove your tea bag from the water and gently mix in your desired sweetening. Serve.
Combine all of your ingredients in a saucepan and whisk them together while heating over medium heat. Continue to stir gently and heat for 3-5 minutes until well combined and warmed throughout. Serve.
Combine your dried herbs (and optional mint) in a tea ball or reusable tea bag and place it into your mug. Fill your mug with boiling water. Allow herbs to steep for 3-5 minutes before removing. Add an optional sweetening agent and serve.
In addition to products designed to help support your overall health and wellness, HUM also makes some that may be particularly beneficial for menopausal support, like:
Best of Berberine
Berberine is a plant compound found in things like European barberry and goldenseal. Designed to be taken daily with food, our berberine capsules help support the body’s glucose and fat metabolism for healthy glucose and cholesterol levels*. They contain BioPerine®, a patented piperine derived from black pepper that helps nutrient absorption*. Additionally, berberine supports beneficial bacteria and promotes a healthy gut microbiome.
This daily capsule is an estrogen-free, non-hormonal, clinically studied probiotic formula that addresses 11 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It features ingredients like Siberian rhubarb extract to reduce the severity of hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, fatigue, and irritability, patented probiotics to support the gut-brain axis and mood, and grape seed extract for stress support.
Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine, to ensure that they are safe and appropriate for you.
Sleep is an essential element to your quality of life and everyday health. Unfortunately, getting enough of it on a consistent basis is easier said than done during menopause. When you’re experiencing side effects of such dramatic hormonal changes, like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia, it’s difficult to find restful sleep.
The good news is that there are everyday habits and dietary changes that may be helpful. Explore natural remedies and calming drinks to see what helps you. Consider adding a HUM product like Best of Berberine or Fan Club to help support your best health and rejuvenation during menopause.
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By: Lauren PanoffTitle: Menopause Does WHAT to Your Sleep?!Sourced From: www.humnutrition.com/blog/menopause-does-what-to-your-sleep/Published Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2023 15:24:38 +0000