Insomnia in Menopausal Women
Sleeplessness, or Insomnia has always been a significant concern for women transitioning into and through menopause; however over the last several years, sleeplessness is on the rise for people as young as teens and into the elderly.
There are numerous reasons for the issues to occur amongst menopausal women given all the changes in the hormones, however, it may be less clear for those individuals who are in the prime of life. Some of the major causes of sleeplessness are stress, anxiety, depression, electromagnetic interference, excessive use of caffeine, sugar or other allergens, medications and stimulants. Pain, indigestion and physical discomfort of any kind, as well as too much liquid or food consumed late in the evening impair quality rest.
Typically, unresolved issues that have occurred in the day or week, disappointing family dynamics or uncertainty about health, medical advice and lack of self care all contribute to sleeplessness. As you can see, it is not always a clear picture however there are some things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep on a regular basis.
How to Improve Insomnia Symptoms Naturally – A Natural Approach
First and foremost is to schedule a visit with your trusted naturopathic physician to discuss ALL of the health concerns you have, both physically as well as the mental/emotional disharmonies that you are experiencing. Often times there are discernible patterns that can give clues to a qualified practitioner such as the time you wake up from restful sleep, the habits you have around sleep time and the substances that you consume.
These awarenesses can shed light on some of the causes of your insomnia. Whether you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep can shed light as to which organ systems in your body may be causal or may be affected by your faulty sleep patterns.
Your diet, supplement regimen and liquid intake should be assessed and a nutritious diet based on whole foods from the earth in their most raw, unadulterated form be recommended. A diet that suits your bodies unique needs. Hormone levels must be checked as drops in melatonin, progesterone, and estrogen, as well as changes in thyroid and cortisol production and metabolism can all contribute to changes in sleep patterns. Drug interferences must be checked and naturopathic supplementation may be helpful in the restoration of restful sleep and reducing sleeplessness.
The Best Sleep Environment for Those That Struggle With Sleeplessness or Insomnia
All electronic equipment should be TURNED OFF at least one hour before the time of sleep as the electromagnetic light will stimulate the brain and the brain needs time to relax and reset. Ideally, the WIFI should be turned off as early as possible in the entire home to reduce EMG waves from interfering in your brains normal sleep cycles. Your room should be dark, as any light shining in through the windows will affect the melatonin production which can possibly help those dealing with insomnia. These small changes are some of the easiest, most invasive, natural ways to dealing with sleeplessness and insomnia.
It is most important to have a note pad beside your bed and to do what I like to call “empty the trash can”. It refers to the clutter of thoughts that we have in our heads about what is unsettling in our consciousness. It could be a disagreement you had at work or at home with a loved one, a confrontation at work, a massive or any length to-do list that is causing stress. Often times people are experiencing anxiety and they don’t even know why. Doing this writing exercise will often assist in revealing the source of the anxiety.
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