The relationship between menopause and sleep is complex and multifaceted
The relationship between menopause and sleep is complex and multifaceted, but it can be related to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Progesterone is a hormone that is typically made in the luteal phase of a menstrual cycle after ovulation. In menopause women are no longer menstruating and therefore not ovulating and producing progesterone.
Progesterone is considered the “happy hormone” for women because of its ability to attach to GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that causes relaxation, lowers anxiety, and can help with restful sleep. Oral micronized progesterone can be prescribed and for most women is effective for improving sleep.
There are several strategies that can help improve sleep during menopause. Establishing a regular sleep schedule and sticking to it can help regulate the body’s internal clock and make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Avoiding stimulating activities, such as watching TV or using electronic devices, for at least an hour before bedtime can also help prepare the body for sleep.
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can also be helpful in promoting sleep. Many women find relief from night sweats and sleep disturbances with Hormone Replacement Therapy. Click below to learn more about it.