July 24, 2023

Sleep Disturbances Effects on Perimenopause

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Sleep Disturbances

Sleep disturbances has many effects on perimenopause. Insufficient sleep can cause or increase negative moods or emotions. For example, irritability, anxiety, and depression are common symptoms during this transition due to hormonal changes. 

Lack of sleep can lead to problems with cognitive functioning and decision-making. Sleep deprivation can affect the regulation of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone. It can increase negative emotions, continuing the cycle of sleep disturbance and negative thinking. Therefore, managing sleep disturbances is important in managing negative thoughts during perimenopause. 

Ways to Improve Sleep

Strategies to improve sleep quality include practicing good sleep hygiene, managing hot flashes, engaging in regular exercise, and managing stress. In addition, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider about potential medication or hormone therapy options. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can also be considered to manage the negative thoughts related to sleep problems during perimenopause. CBT helps with identifying the cause of sleep disturbances and changes negative thought patterns related to lack of sleep. This helps manage the emotional and cognitive aspects of sleep disturbance. 

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Written by Paavana Varanasi

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