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Need Some Sleep During Menopause? Try These Supplements

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Need Sleep During Menopause?  Try These Supplements As a teen, going without sleep may not have been a problem. You could stay up all night chatting with friends and eating snacks, and next day you were still able to go shopping and have a great time. Now that you’re a few decades older, it’s a completely different story.

These days, you need regular sleep, but it seems you can’t get enough. Whether it’s menopause, life, or age, you may find you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. You're more tired than not and need some rest.

Before trying prescription options, you may want to try an over-the-counter supplement. There are lots of options you can consider, including one of the following 4 choices.

Melatonin


Your body naturally makes melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone. As you age, however, your body makes less of it. Levels can also decrease from stress, poor diet, sleep deprivation and other symptoms of menopause. Exposure to light, including the light on electronics, can also decrease the production of melatonin. Using a melatonin supplement can help restore your levels, fix your sleep cycle, and let you get some rest. It comes in liquid and tablet form in a variety of doses.

Chamomile


Chamomile is a supplement that can be sedating. There are both liquid and capsule forms which can be ingested, and there's also a form that can be made into tea. Any of them can help you relax and induce sleep, but a warm tea may feel extra relaxing. A liquid form can also be added to your bath water to help you relax. The more relaxed you are, the better you may be able to sleep.

Valerian


Valerian is a herb that may help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. It may also help you sleep better. It may also help with anxiety, which can disrupt sleep. Valerian comes in several forms, including tablet, power, and liquid. It can also be made into a tea. Since it has a strong odor, other ingredients may be added with it to help with taste and smell.

Magnesium


Magnesium helps you relax and be calm, thus making it easier to sleep. Not only can it help you fall asleep, it can also give you deeper, more restful sleep. It also helps regulate melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone. Magnesium also calms nerve activity in your brain, similar to some sleeping medications. It may also ease anxiety and depression, both of which can affect sleep. You can take magnesium as a supplement or increase your intake of magnesium rich foods like dark leafy vegetables.

Cautions


Keep in mind, buying over-the-counter does not make supplements 100% safe or side effect free, whether ingested or used in alternative manners. Supplements interact with other supplements, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, hormones, and more. They also are not regulated by the FDA, so ingredients can vary by form, brand, bottle to bottle, etc. Work with your doctor regarding which one, which dose, and the duration that is right for you. You should also be sure there are no underlying health issues that are causing your sleeping issues.


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.

02-20-2018 - 07:44 PM


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