Menopause: Sleeping Well, Sleeping Better

The onset of menopause is yet another reason that some women sleep poorly. Here are some tips to help you sleep better.

4 tips for easing the effects of menopause on sleep and finally getting a good night’s rest.

Sleeping problems can have a variety of causes. The onset of menopause is yet another reason that some women sleep poorly. Here are some tips to help you sleep better.

Anxiety, stress, excess caffeine, and even bad bedding are often brought up to justify sleeping problems. Menopause can often be added to the list. The cause: hormonal disruptions that are responsible for hot flashes and/or predisposition to anxiety.

To get back to long, restful nights:

  • Exercise regularly. But be careful not to exercise right before bed because the effect is often counterproductive. Ideally, you would finish your aquacise or yoga class before 6 p.m.
  • Whenever possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Put some turkey or fish on your plate. They include nutrients that are quite favorable for getting ready to fall asleep. The first one helps the brain to “slow down” and the second reduces blood pressure, which guarantee a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid excess caffeine. Say no to coffee and yes to caffeine-free tea. The ideal choice is an herbal tea with thyme to help you digest better and go to bed with a soothed stomach.

 

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