A Quick Overview of Insomnia and Perimenopause
Insomnia, the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, is a very common symptom in the menopausal transition, or perimenopausal stage. During this time, sleep problems are too common. Sleep may be affected by the other symptoms of perimenopause, including hot flashes or depression. It can also be affected by increased stress due to life changes during this time.
Why is this important?
Not having enough sleep can be extremely deleterious. The negative effects of lacking sleep can include irritability, memory difficulty (increased forgetfulness), and make you more prone to falls or other accidents.
What can you do to help?
Engage in healthy sleep habits. Use melatonin. Try to avoid using prescription sleep aids, since these should only be used short-term.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi