Insomnia – lack of deep, restful sleep is very common in late Perimenopause and Menopause.
Risk of Insomnia
Studies have shown that estradiol levels are an important factor for the brain to achieve deep, restful sleep. Although many women report they can fall asleep almost instantly when they are exhausted, they often wake up a few hours later, finding it frustrating to get back into restful sleep.
Not being able to fall asleep initially, can be due to many factors, including stress, poor sleep hygiene, jet lag etc. However, being able to fall asleep relatively quickly, but waking up a few hour later (typically between 2am-3pm), tossing and turning for next few hours is a sign of low estradiol. Even if women finally fall back asleep, they often wake up tired and unrested.
- Difficulty getting back to sleep
- Wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis
- Waking up tired
- Low energy
- Restless sleep
The effects of poor sleep accumulate and effect many aspects of health and wellbeing. The brain cannot effectively rejuvenate or undergo the normal restorative processes without the correct sleep architecture. Without the restorative benefits of adequate sleep, day time physical and mental energy decreases, underlying inflammation increases, immune system is affected, as well as many other negative effects. A good night’s sleep also reflects on how you look the following day.
- Unhealthy sleep habits
- Eating large amounts of food late at night and right before bed
- Difficult travel or work schedule
- Stress from work, school, or home life
- Imbalance of hormones
These are only a few possible causes and symptoms of insomnia. While treatment options vary between therapy and medication, hormone treatment may be the answer. However, many people attempt to tough it out and avoid seeking professional treatment, relying on over-the-counter medication. Some of these medications can help an individual sleep and they will not be as helpful without medical supervision.
With the correct estradiol replacement, sleep can improve within a matter of days.
If you would like to learn more about Insomnia Treatment and the various treatments we provide, call (212) 324-1715 to schedule a consultation.