According to U.S. statistics, 30 to 40 % of women experience insomnia during menopause. This may involve having trouble going to sleep, waking up in the middle of the night, or getting up too early.
Prescription medication is available, and that is what I use along with ibuprofen, but this can get expensive, and higher doses may be required if you are taking long-term.
I always prefer something natural to taking pills. Here are some home remedies for insomnia:
Warm Milk And Honey
This soothing drink has been used for insomnia for centuries. Heat one cup of milk until warm. Pour into a mug and add a spoonful of honey. Taste, and if necessary, add more honey.
Tart Cherry Juice
If you like the taste of cherry, drink a half to one cup of tart cherry juice before bedtime. It’s a natural sleep aid because it contains the amino acid tryptophan.
Catnip can make your cat friskier, but taken in tea form, has a relaxing effect on people. To make fresh catnip tea, place 3-4 teaspoons in eight ounces of boiling water. Add honey to taste. Add to a mug, and steep for 10 minutes. Add more honey if desired. Drink a half hour before bedtime.
A hot bath is enjoyable at the end of the day, and it induces sleep by relaxing the mind and body. Your body temperature is elevated for about 15 minutes, and then drops to normal. This shift in temperature promotes sleepiness.
Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing massage? Having a massage before bedtime helps the muscles relax, and more time is spent in the deep part of sleep, which is restorative to the body. With the proper amount of deep sleep, you’ll have more energy the next day and avoid the dreaded three o’clock slump.
How do you cope with insomnia?