How Menopause Disrupts Sleep And A Possible Remedy
Menopause is a stage in life where a woman’s ovaries stop producing progesterone and estrogen hormones, which results in stoppage of menstruation. It marks the end of a woman’s productive years. Typically, this occurs when a woman is in her late 40s or early 50s. Menopause is a serious cause of sleep problems in women.
Inadequate amounts of progesterone and estrogen brings about various symptoms that includes hot flashes, sweating. And feeling of warmth. Sweating and hot flashes could last for about five years and may make it difficult for the woman to sleep. This causes other problems such as daytime drowsiness. Luckily, insomnia and hot flashes that result from this problem can be treated using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The therapy entails giving the woman pills or vaginal cream loaded with estrogen or progesterone.
Unfortunately, studies show that long term usage of estrogen-progesterone therapy increase the risk of heart diseases, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer. However the therapy has been found to be effective in easing sleep problems.
Other practices that can ease the sleep problem include:
- Wearing loose clothing when going to bed. Specifically, one should wear clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton.
- Avoid spicy foods that cause sweating, thus, leading to sleep problems
- Maintain regular sleep schedule like going to bed at the same time every night.
- Avoid drinking too much caffeine
- Take recommended medications that can help you sleep
- Make it a habit to empty your bladder before going to bed
- Eat soy products such as soybeans and tofu. These products contain the hormone phytoestrogen which acts as weak estrogen.
- Use of black cohosh, this is a perennial plant that belongs to the buttercup family, and which is used to treat sweating and hot flashes.
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