Menopause and Sleep

August 02, 2019

Menopause and Sleep


If you’re female, it affects you. Menopause. A natural part of aging, menopause has many negative connotations associated with it. Hot flashes, hormonal changes, night sweats - everything ugly that you have either experienced already because you went through menopause, or possibly it’s happening to you now, or maybe it’s something you think about because you know it’s inevitable.

But what exactly is menopause?

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When a woman permanently stops menstruating, estrogen and progesterone are no longer produced by her ovaries, and she is no longer able to bear children. The time period occurring one year after menstruation has stopped is known as menopause. Most women experience this between the ages of 49 and 52, though some go through menopause earlier or later depending on their genetics.

 

A woman can experience many things during and after menopause. To begin, there could be vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The membranes surrounding the vagina, cervix, vulva, and outer urinary tract thin, known as atrophic vaginitis. Additionally, a woman going through menopause may experience back, head, or breast pain. She may have heart palpitations, dizziness, or urinary incontinence. The most prolific symptoms that we hear about are hot flashes, sweating, and night sweats.

 

What does this mean? Due to these symptoms occurring, sleep - integral for one’s well-being - becomes more difficult. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 60% of menopausal women have issues when it comes to sleep. You may have already talked to your doctor about things you can do to help with these symptoms. Your doctor might have recommended prescription and/or over-the-counter medications that may benefit you. But what if you would rather try non-prescription remedies? What can you do to get the sleep you desperately crave?

    • Sleep in loose, comfortable clothing.
    • Some foods are more likely to cause sweating, so watch what you eat, especially before going to bed.
    • Keep cool. Don’t be afraid to lower the thermostat!
    • Comfort is key!

My Advice

If you have tried the above, but you are menopausal and still having problems sleeping, what should you do? Focus on the last point - comfort is key. Because it really is! If you don’t feel cozy in your bed, you aren’t going to get the best sleep. People often forget that a comfortable pillow, such as the Adjustable Premium Bamboo Pillow from Lavender & Chamomile, could be the answer to your menopausal sleep complications. This bamboo cover pillow has removable foam layers so that you can make your pillow as firm or as fluffy as your body desires. With the bamboo certified by OEKO-Tex® and the foam certified by CertiPUR-US®, you can sleep soundly knowing that you aren’t laying your head on toxins or harmful materials.

 

So be proud to be a woman. Women are strong, resourceful, and kind. We are warriors, protectors, and nurturers. We don’t let anything, including menopause, hold us back. And we always make sure to get the rest that we crave. The rest that we need.





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