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Insomnia and menopause

By Anonymous June 2, 2014 - 8:32am
 
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I've had insomnia now for the last year or so. I go to sleep around 9 or 10 and then wake up some time around 2 to 3am.

I've also been going through the early stages of menopause with hot flashes.

Could the two be connected? What can I do to help my insomnia? I don't like going to the doctor when I don't have to.

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Hello Anonymous,

Many women experience insomnia as they go through perimenopause. I can appreciate how this must impact your level of energy and daily life.

I can offer you a few suggestions.

Try drinking a glass of milk before bedtime. Milk contains tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. Serotonin helps control sleep patterns. Milk does not contain enough tryptophan to change sleep patterns, but may help you relax before bedtime.

Avoid napping during the day. Exercise daily, but avoid vigorous exercising before bedtime.

Keep your bedroom cool to prevent night sweats.

Do not go to bed until you are tired.

Take a warm bath or shower before bedtime. Follow the same bedtime routine each night.

I hope one of these suggestions prove helpful.

Regards,
Maryann

June 2, 2014 - 5:32pm
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