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5 Reasons You Can't Sleep during Menopause

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Reasons you might not be able to sleepI have never had a problem sleeping. Now that I have entered menopause, it seems like I toss and turn all night almost every night long. What is happening to me?

Insomnia can be a tricky issue after menopause. Sometimes it can be fixed with simple lifestyle changes, other times it takes medical treatment. But many times, sleep problems have other causes that need to be addressed.


Sometimes sleep problems are brought on or made worse by depression. Other signs of depression typically include decreased interest in normal activities, a change in appetite, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and possibly thoughts of harming yourself. If you feel you are suffering from depression, seek professional help. This can be the key to not only better sleep, but overall well-being.

Night Sweats

Night sweats are a pain, but they can be prevented. Avoid caffeine, hot drinks, or spicy foods late in the day. Lower the thermostat. Keep a towel in an ice bucket on your nightstand. Of course, if the issue persists, you may need to talk to your doctor about starting or adjusting your HRT prescription. Use a Chillow or cooling device and a wicking pillowcase for hot flashes and night sweats.

Restless Leg Syndrome

While menopause doesn’t necessarily cause restless leg syndrome (RLS), there may be some connection. Other related health conditions could be diabetes, thyroid disorders, and more. If you do struggle with RLS, look for ways to increase blood flow and relax your muscles. In addition to your regular exercise routine, try stretching and massaging your legs before bed, and reducing and caffeine and alcohol intake.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes you to temporarily stop breathing while you sleep. Studies estimate that 1 in 5 adults in the US have it. If you suspect you have it, consult your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If you are diagnosed, preliminary treatment options may include lifestyle changes such as weight loss, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, and changing your sleeping position. Further treatment options include a CPAP and possibly surgery.


Yoga, meditation, and/or deep breathing are all great ways to destress and prepare your body for sleep. Aerobic exercise early in the day is also a great way to relieve stress. If hot flashes are not an issue, try a warm bath or some herbal tea before bed.

If all else fails, you may need to seek a specialist. But whatever you do, do not underestimate the importance of a good nights’ sleep. Catching those Zzzs can be frustrating, no doubt, but a good night’s sleep is worth fighting for!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-09-2015 - 01:41 PM


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