Menopause and Insomnia
Menopause is a natural part of aging for women. However, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy process. In fact, it’s often anything but.
Women going through menopause often describe the experience as a roller coaster of emotions, physical changes, and sleep issues that disrupt their daily life.
What is menopause?
Technically, a woman has officially entered menopause once she has gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle.
Before menopause occurs, women go through a 3 to 10 year period that’s known as perimenopause.
Perimenopausal symptoms can start in the mid 40s and continue through the early 50s.
During perimenopause, women experience a wide range of symptoms including:
Increased anxiety and depression
Reduced sex drive
Vaginal dryness and overall dryer skin
Physical changes in the breasts, uterus, ovaries, and cervix
Increased need to urinate
During perimenopause, women’s body produce reduced levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. These hormonal changes are responsible for the long list of symptoms you read above.
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Women and Insomnia
Women are more prone to insomnia than men. More women have frequent bouts of sleeplessness (several times a week) than men, and this tendency extends over all periods of life. Not only that, but as people age, the gap between women and men increases. Women under 45 years old have an incidence 1.4 times that of men of the same age. Among older populations, women are 1.7 times more likely to have insomnia.
Women are almost twice as likely to use sleep aids than men, according to the CDC. Do hormones cause insomnia? Many women experience insomnia when they have fluctuations in the serum levels of hormones. These times include during their monthly cycle, pregnancy, and menopause.
How does menopause affect your sleep?
Menopausal insomnia can begin with perimenopause – the stage before menopause women experience in their late 30s or 40s. On average, perimenopause lasts about 4 years, and ends when a woman hasn’t had her period for at least 12 months.
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Sleep and Aging
As we age, most of us will experience bodily changes that affect how we sleep. These changes often become more pronounced later in life, and the effects may be influenced by chronic illness or the side effects of prescription medication. As a result, sleep problems and disorders are relatively common among seniors. Epidemiological self-report studies suggest that many older adults sleep seven hours or less, which might be health-compromising to some degree. A survey of adults over the age of 65 by the National Institutes of Health also found that 13% of men and 28% of women require more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
All sleep disorders fall under one of two general categories. Dyssomnias refer to any condition that either causes severe drowsiness or affects one’s ability to fall or stay asleep; examples of dyssomnia include insomnia and sleep apnea. Parasomnias, on the other hand, are disorders characterized by inappropriate or irregular behaviors that occur during sleep, such as sleepwalking and night terrors.
This article will discuss some of the most common dyssomnia and parasomnia disorders among elderly people, as well as other health-related factors that may impact their quality of sleep and some of the most common treatment methods.
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