Understanding Menopause and Sleep

When a woman begins menopause, it means that her body is slowly decreasing the production of hormones that dictate her cycle and fertility. The leading players in this process—the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone—can cause erratic body issues like sleep loss. Here’s how you can manage these factors to promote better sleep.

How Menopause Affects Sleep

woman snoozing her alarm

Estrogen

Estrogen is the most commonly known sex hormone in a woman’s body. It leads regulation of your reproductive function and contributes to your overall health and performance. It promotes better sleep, for example, by helping the body use neurochemicals like serotonin, which enables you to fall and stay asleep. Low estrogen levels at any phase of your life will make you feel anxious, unfocused, and poorly rested. When menopause hits, though, these levels will fall permanently to lower levels, causing disrupted sleep.

Progesterone

Progesterone preps the body at the end of your monthly cycle for pregnancy by balancing the effects of estrogen. It helps regulate mood and promotes the growth of new bone tissue. Its primary role in sleep is to create a sense of calm and relaxation. It also increases the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps better sleep. When progesterone levels are low, as they are in menopause, you’ll have a feeling of restlessness and difficulty falling asleep.

Testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone typically associated with men, but it has an essential role in helping a woman’s body produce estrogen. It is also a vital component of your energy levels and sex drive, and it helps promote more significant muscle and bone mass. As the levels of testosterone fluctuate during menopause, though, it can throw your sleep cycle off-balance.

How to Cope With Sleep Loss

Diet & Exercise

The dynamic duo for alleviating any health issues, diet and exercise help your body do its job. Working out in the morning, whether it’s a yoga class or a run through the park, is proven to help you sleep better at night. It’s also essential to avoid large meals before bedtime to signal to your body that it’s time for rest. Steer clear of nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol as well, particularly before bed.

Sleep Aids

Adding a sleep aid to your routine when you can’t get to bed can save you many restless nights. A spray like itSpray’s DREAMit will ensure that it takes effect as quickly as you need it. Its sublingual application assures that the 5HTP, melatonin, and valerian root, which send you off to better sleep, enter your bloodstream within 30 seconds. All it takes is a few sprays under your tongue, and you’ll be snoozing in no-time.

 

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