4 Proven Methods to Eliminate Menopausal Insomnia
It's another “oh-so-frustrating” night of tossing and turning. You check the clock every so often, hoping that you slept for more than half an hour this time, without much luck.
Not being able to sleep properly, even when you're exhausted from working all day, cleaning the house, and making sure that your kids (no matter their age) are okay and accounted for just adds to your stress levels and the never-ending to-do list that swirls around in your head, making it even tougher to sleep.
Not only are you dealing with hormonal fluctuations, but as you find it harder to fall asleep, you end up trapped in the vicious cycle of stress and sleeplessness, as one leads to the other.
So, what can you do? Is there actually a way to beat the endless “cat-and-mouse” game of menopausal insomnia? Luckily, there are actually a few tricks that ladies just like you have been using for years to help their crazy, hormonally charged bodies drift off into the bliss of Sleepy Town a bit easier.
Cut the Caffeine
We know going cold turkey might be kind of drastic, so giving up on caffeinated beverages altogether isn't necessarily the best option.
After all, you need to function on less sleep, thanks to your menopause-induced insomnia, so you need a little “pick-me-up” now and then. The problem is that drinking too much caffeine can keep you awake and prevent you from sleeping, just adding to your insomnia issues.
Ideally, you need to find the perfect balance between drinking just enough caffeine to wake up and keep moving, but not so much that you end up feeling wired all night. The best thing to do is simply not drink anything caffeine after dinner or close to bedtime, and then limit the amount that you ingest throughout the rest of the day.
Plus, you need to be on the lookout for foods and beverages that have hidden morsels of caffeine in them, like chocolate bars and tea. Caffeine in moderation can make a huge difference when your head hits the pillow – trust us!
Say Goodbye to Napping
We know, we know! Who doesn’t love a good nap? I mean let’s face it - not sleeping all night makes you tired all day. That much is a given.
Naps are tempting because they help you recover some of that lost sleep, and you often wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next task that you have slotted on that never-ending to-do list you’ve got going on.
The problem is just that – since a nap lets you catch up on your sleep, you're less tired at night. You're really just helping your hormonal imbalances out since they – and your nap – will keep you from sleeping all night long. And around and around we go! So, simply skip the “oh-so-heavenly” nap, and break the cycle!
Rebalance Your Hormones
Since your current menopausal insomnia problem is due to your hormonal imbalances, treating your lack of estrogen and other hormones can help you find some much-needed sweet slumber.
Luckily, you have a few choices here. Doctors can prescribe a medication that replaces the missing estrogen.
However, if you don't want to use chemicals to restore your hormonal balance, there are plenty of all-natural options to turn to as well, like our Rejuvenating Sleep Tea made specifically for women who are dealing with sleepless nights and the wonderful world of menopause.
This kind of tea helps you fall asleep and stay in SleepyTown, so you can conquer your to-do list in the morning.
There’s nothing quite like waking up feeling refreshed. Whichever route you choose, restoring your body’s hormonal peace will surely help you catch some ZZZ’s!
Stay on a Schedule
Life gets busy! We totally get it. And with so many different things going on, it makes sense to vary your schedule depending on the day.
However, going to bed one night at midnight and the next at 9pm begins to play tricks on your body. If you keep that up, your body and brain won't know what time bedtime really is, so shutting down and going to sleep becomes a real “mission impossible” scenario.
Add some wonky hormones to the mix and the entire apple cart, so to speak, ends up getting upset.
The solution? Do your best to stick to a schedule. Lay down for bed about 30 minutes before you plan on sleeping, even if you just spend the time reading, and then turn the lights off at the same time every night. Then try to get up at the same time each morning.
You’re basically retraining your body. Eventually, your body will adjust, and your chances of sleeping at night will drastically increase.
Women all over the world wrestle with menopausal insomnia, so the good news is that you’re not alone! We just have to stick together and share our tips and tricks, so we can all celebrate this new chapter of our lives with some “champagne wishes and caviar dreams!”