Women’s health risks change in menopause, and so does sleep, reports Psychology Today.
Even women who have slept soundly and well for years find themselves struggling in new ways with sleep during perimenopause and menopause. The decline of sleep-promoting hormones including estrogen and progesterone is one big reason for disrupted sleep. And the other symptoms of menopause—from mood swings and anxiety to night sweats—also contribute to sleep problems for women. Production of another critical hormone for sleep—melatonin—also decreases with age, which can compound sleep problems for women during menopause and beyond.
Research shows women’s risk for sleep disorders increases as she moves through the menopausal transition.