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Menopause and Sleep Deprivation – A Vicious Cycle!

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Menopause and sleep deprivationI'm in menopause and I'm exhausted. Is there a connection between my sleeping issues and menopause?

Sleep deprivation and menopause can go hand-in-hand. Symptoms of menopause can rob you of your sleep, and then a lack of sleep can increase your menopause symptoms. It can be a vicious, seemingly never ending cycle.

Menopause and Sleep--Natural Enemies!

Hot flashes and night sweats can cause a surge of adrenaline, mess up your body temperature, and leave you soaking wet. You sure aren’t going to feel like sleeping under those conditions. The more tired you are, the more messed up your hormones can be, and the more hot flashes and night sweats you might have.

Depression and mood swings can also arrive with menopause and leave you restless and unable to sleep. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can cause mood swings and leave you feeling depressed.

If your hormone levels are off, you may experience headaches that keep you from sleeping. And if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can end up with a headache.

The list goes on and on, but you can stop the insanity!

Ending the War!

First and foremost, talk to your doctor about whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for you. Many of the menopause symptoms that disrupt your sleep can be stopped with a bit of estrogen. And a bit of estrogen can help you sleep better.

If HRT is not right for you, sit down with your doctor and discuss your symptoms. There are alternatives, both over-the-counter and prescription, which might help.

You can also make some lifestyle changes which can help improve menopause symptoms and sleeping habits. These include managing stress effectively, avoid alcohol abuse, quitting smoking, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and making better choices for better health.

Though it can feel hopeless when you are exhausted beyond belief, don’t give up. Working with your doctor, you can create a bedtime routine and plan that will help you get some sleep and manage sleep stealing menopause symptoms.

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.

02-19-2016 - 07:10 PM


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