SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND INSOMNIA
Anyone suffering from poor sleep, a common early indicator of perimenopause and menopause, may find getting up, and functioning normally, somewhat tricky.
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Falling oestrogen levels in perimenopause affect the body’s ability to produce melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle, while levels of progesterone, the hormone that helps you to drop off, also fall.
Fluctuating hormones not only impact on your ability to relax, fall asleep and stay asleep, but can trigger other symptoms such as night sweats and anxiety, (although, you don’t have to suffer from night sweats to suffer from insomnia). Oestrogen levels may also contribute to other sleep problems and breathing irregularities like sleep apnoea (pauses in breathing followed by loud snoring!).
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And the good news is….
Sorting out sleep troubles won’t just improve the quality of your everyday life, it may improve your general health! Chronic sleep issues can seriously affect your overall health, increasing your risk of developing serious health problems, including: depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
The best ways to deal with sleepless nights and insomnia
Rest assured, making small changes to routine, habits and lifestyle could pay you back with improved sleep levels.