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 flashes and 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 Manna Menopause Support caplets to help balance hormones and overcome sleep disorders in a natural way with no side effects.