Menopause and Sleep

Menopause and Sleep

posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012

Women in the middle of menopause often have problems both getting to sleep and staying asleep. They fall into bed exhausted. Then they have a hot flash as they get cozy and almost asleep. Once asleep they wake up again, in a hot flash. Their sleep has once more been disrupted.

There is no single solution. The medical profession recommends Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as the most ‘traditional’ solution to hot flashes, emotional swings, and disturbed sleep associated with Menopause. But some women are not good candidates for HRT or just prefer not to go that route.

An alternative treatment that many women find helpful is the use of Black Cohosh. It comes as a single supplement or in combination with other ingredients. The daytime formula can help with mood swings and hot flashes. The nighttime formula can help with sleeplessness and night sweats.

There are a few other simple things that can help. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing to bed. If possible, wear natural fibers like cotton. Keep the bedroom cool and well ventilated. Use cotton sheets and a minimum of blankets on your bed. Again, natural fibers are best. Avoid caffeine, especially after lunchtime.

Interested in more information? Try WebMD’s article about Sleep and Menopause, and consult your doctor or alternative healthcare practitioner.

This post was written by admin on February 6, 2012

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