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Insomnia is a very common symptom reported by numerous women at the onset of

menopause. It is characterized by sleepless nights and often uncomfortable sleep

such as tossing and turning in an effort to get comfortable. If you are primarily
a mentally active person, it can become very difficult to calm the mind. You feel
restless and irritable. Welcome to the change of life.

Insomniacs sleep is chock-full of waking up at frequent times during the night,

waking up too early, and light sleep where the ticking of a hand clock may jolt
you awake. This condition occurs during menopause because it is a side-effect of
other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and general physical and mental
discomfort. When your body is dealing with night sweats, it's easy to have your
sleep interrupted, which makes it even more difficult to be sharp and at your best
during the day.

Consuming stress-inducing foods loaded with things such as caffeine can further
stimulate tension, so it is important to maintain a caffeine-free diet. Avoid
drinking coffee as late in the day as possible. Do not over stimulate your nervous
system. Release tension by learning hatha yoga postures or how to breath deeply
and mediate.

Try altering your sleep arrangements. If you find that your pillow is not soft
enough, or maybe it's too elevated for your head, make adjustments. If you find
that the polyester blankets you're lying on does not relax the contours of your
body - switch them. It takes effort to accommodate these changes and make yourself
as comfortable as possible.

Exercise also preps the body for restful sleep. Scientific studies suggest eating
fat loaded foods are not recommended before bedtime. So a steady, healthy is a
great plus. Insomnia can be treated by consuming foods that increase the serotonin
levels in your brain so that your body relaxes. Serotonin is responsible for
aiding with sleep by calming your brain. Drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime
to help calm your nerves.

There are many causes for insomnia that stem from menopause. Depression is
characteristic of this transition and can negatively influence your sleep.
Decreasing estrogen levels can cause the on-set of depressive symptoms. In the
menstrual cycle, ovulation causes progesterone (which has soothing effects on the
mind and body) to be released.

Irregular cycles may cause anxiety to build-up, as a result of the lack of this
¨happy hormone.¨ For some people, taking melatonin is enough to get a restful
night. For others, a prescription sleeping pill is necessary. Some women swear by
black cohosh to help with body flushes as well as natural sources of

In any case, it is important to consult with your doctor in order to decide

together what treatment is best for you.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not
intended as medical advice.