Not getting a good night’s sleep?

Menopause may be the culprit

Contributed by Victoria Surdulescu, MD

woman with clockAlmost everyone has had trouble sleeping from time to time. But for most of us, this situation is temporary and resolves on its own. But if you can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, you may have a sleep disorder. And feeling sleepy is just one symptom of a poor night’s sleep. Over time, lack of quality sleep negatively impacts both your physical and emotional well-being.

Sleep problems common in midlife women

As many as 50 percent of menopausal women report sleep difficulties. While shifting hormone levels alone can cause sleep disturbances, this fluctuation can also cause additional symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, increased irritability, anxiety, and the need to go to the bathroom more often) that can make a restful night’s sleep difficult to achieve. And sleep isn’t only elusive for the age fifty and older crowd. It’s not uncommon for perimenopausal women to struggle with sleep issues as well. The good news is the Women’s Center sleep medicine specialists offer the latest medicine and technology to effectively treat women’s sleep problems.

Sleep is essential to living a functional, productive life.

While I strongly encourage a thorough medical evaluation for those suffering with a sleep problem, there are some things you can do on your own to help you fall asleep faster and sleep through the night. I recommend the following:

  • Reduce physical activity within three hours of bedtime.
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Establish a bedtime routine that you follow every night.
  • Don’t eat a large meal close to bedtime and stay away from caffeine later in the day.
  • Try relaxation breathing.

If you’ve tried these things and nothing seems to help, please call us at (513) 475-UC4U to schedule a comprehensive sleep consultation.

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