Do you find yourself unable to go to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night? Do you get up too early and still feel tired? Welcome to the world of menopause!
Sleep can be impacted by many factors such as hormonal changes, stress, depression, hot flashes, or the pain of arthritis.
My insomnia started with the big estrogen debate of 2005. Doctors suddenly reversed course and said that estrogen/progesterone could cause cancer and should only be used in extreme cases. I went from sleeping 8 hours a night to a sleep- deprived zombie that walked the floors all night.
Here are some tips and tricks that I use to help me get a good night’s sleep:
The first step I took was a visit to the doctor to discuss my pain medication. I suffer from arthritis in my neck and back, and my sleep is a lot better when my pain is controlled.
Sticking to a Sleep Program
This means I go to bed at the same time each night. As soon as I am awake I get up, and no naps are allowed in the middle of the day.
Eat a bedtime snack. Carbohydrate rich snacks such as oatmeal, a small bowl of cereal and milk, a piece of toast, or a small dab of peanut butter on crackers increase tryptophan which helps induce sleep.
Unfortunately, a good support pillow is not cheap, but worth every cent. Muscles need more support in menopause, and a support pillow will keep the head, neck, and spine in proper alignment.
What steps do you take to have a good night’s sleep?