Insomnia is another one of those pesky things that happen during menopause. There are many reasons why you can’t fall asleep. A medical condition or medication may be the culprit, or you may be so anxious that you can’t relax.
When you’re worried about something it is even harder to go to sleep, and you wake up tired and irritable. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to relax and fall asleep. Here are four off-beat tips to help insomnia:
The small clocks that light up in red or blue are very popular, and it’s tempting to keep checking the time when you can’t fall asleep. Do yourself a favor and turn the clock face around so the light isn’t shining in your face.
Visualize a Favorite Place
The old-time remedy of counting sheep doesn’t always work, but if you visualize yourself on a sandy beach or hiking in beautiful mountains, you’re anxiety will go down and you may fall asleep faster.
Use Lavender Oil
Lavender can have a calming effect on your body and relax your mind. Add 6-8 drops of lavender to a warm bath or put 3 drops on a tissue or handkerchief, and inhale deeply. You can even put a few drops on your pillow.
Eat a Light Snack
This isn’t the time to pull out the leftover pizza and have a second dinner. A light snack 45 minutes before bedtime can help you fall asleep. Healthy snacks include peanut butter toast with a sliced banana, cottage cheese with a dollop of jam, or a small bowl of whole wheat cereal and milk.
If you are still having trouble falling asleep, make an appointment with your doctor. She may recommend you do a sleep study.
What do you do to get to sleep?