Menopause brings many changes, including the frequent complaint of trouble with sleep to the point of insomnia, writes Southeast Psych.
You thought that you were finally in the stage of life when you could get some extra uninterrupted sleep time. The kids may have moved out and your mom duties of staying up late to see that teenagers make it home on time or providing early morning wake up calls to meet the school bus are over, but now it may be more of a challenge to get a good night’s sleep. You may be in your 40’s or 50’s and you are having more trouble sleeping than you ever have in the past. Women who are experiencing perimenopause or menopause symptoms may find that sleep difficulties are a major problem. Poor sleep can dramatically affect the quality of your life. Women often turn to their doctors during this time with concerns related to insomnia, fatigue, irritability, foggy thinking and hot flashes. Insomnia is reported by 56% of menopausal women and is one of the most frequent complaints medical providers hear. If sleep problems are not treated during menopause they may get progressively worse.