There are many common side effects and symptoms of menopause, including mood swings and forgetfulness, as well as difficulty sleeping at night.
Some of the reasons women might have interrupted sleep are down to night sweats, heart palpitations as well as menopause insomnia. This may be due to the changes in hormone levels.
A new survey has found that if you tot up those disrupted nights, it is up to five and a half weeks’ worth of sleep a year!
2,000 women took part in the survey by bedding firm Silentnight, and nearly two-thirds revealed they suffer from disrupted sleep.
Women admit they wake up, on average, up to three times a night. Many lose around two hours and 36 minutes per night, and this equates to 5.5. weeks a year.
“Our research lays bare the true scale of the issue when it comes to sleep and menopause, with women losing out on more than a month of sleep each and every year,” says Hannah Shore, a sleep expert at bedding firm Silentnight.
“This adds up to a huge amount of lost sleep over the average course of a woman’s menopause, which can last up to ten years for some women and can trigger a host of other issues from insomnia to problems in people’s personal lives.”
“To help get access to good quality sleep through the night when going through the menopause, we need our body temperature to drop by around a degree or two.”
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual cycle stops and her ovaries are no longer making and releasing eggs.
It’s essentially the end of a woman’s reproductive stage of life. You’ll be officially in menopause if you’ve gone 12 months without having your period. This is without the interference of birth control as some women stop their period using contraception.
Most Australian women experience menopause starting from their 40s and going until their 60s, with the average age of menopausal women being 51.
Some women experience early menopause due to health conditions or other concerns. Some of the health conditions that can trigger premature menopause include hot flashes, changes in mood and libido, as well as vaginal dryness and more painful intercourse, as well as anxiety and depression.
Depression, insomnia, anxiety and general sadness should be addressed with your GP, a psychologist or a counsellor. Eating a balanced diet that specifically addresses the symptoms of menopause is paramount.
Making lifestyle changes can help support other treatment options you may be looking at to support your journey with menopause.
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