You may toss and turn restlessly as you try to sleep or wake up regularly in the middle of the night. Insomnia (sleep disorder), is a symptom of perimenopause and menopause and it is caused by a decline in estrogen and progesterone levels.
How a decline in estrogen affects sleep
- Slows down the intake and secondary production of magnesium, a mineral that helps muscles to relax.
- Linked to hot flashesand night sweats, which interrupt sleep cycle.
- Linked to sleep apnea, which disturbs breathing during the night.
How a decline in progesterone affects sleep
- Progesterone has a sleep-inducing effect. When levels decline, the ability to fall asleep soundly does as well.
- Linked to insomnia, and inability to fall asleep promptly.
Other risk factors for sleep disorders
Some women are more prone to sleep disorders than others. Below is a list of risk factors that can make a woman more susceptible to sleep disorders:
Caffeine and nicotine: risk factors that make women more susceptible to sleep disorders
- High blood pressure
- Use of caffeine or nicotine
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Inactivity or lack of exercise
- Working night shifts
If you are in perimenopause or menopause, take the Manna Menopause Support caplets, which can
balance the hormones, which cause sleep disorders, the natural way with no side effects.