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.
Improve your bedtime routine-
If you're unsure that you're going through perimenopause, we recommend reaching out to you health care provider for further testing. Your doctor may suggest blood tests to check if you're in transition to menopause (aka perimenopause).
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Try to follow a regular sleep schedule, and avoid taking long afternoon naps that can contribute to sleep deprivation. Try to avoid watching tv or using your phone prior to bed. Make your bedroom comfortable by keeping it cool and quiet.