I am currently reading 'Why we Sleep' by Matthew Walker'. It is a fascinating book and the subject of sleep is something that I am really interested in.
Do you suffer from some type of insomnia?
Unable to switch off and fall asleep?
Having no difficulty falling asleep but wake up night after night?
Or you keep waking up early every morning?
Approximately one-third of adults in the UK suffer from some type of sleep disorder. An occasional night of bad sleep will make you feel tired and most likely irritable. After several sleepless nights, the mental, emotional, and physical effects can become more serious.
Menopause and Insomnia
During menopause, insomnia is even more common. Hot flushes during menopause cause wakefulness during the night and is due to changes in oestrogen levels. Wakefulness can lead to anxiety about getting to sleep.
How you behave as a result of wakefulness makes a big difference.
After a few bad nights of sleep, you may feel annoyed and irritated. You realise you haven’t slept for many hours during the night.
Sometimes by worrying about the amount of sleep you are having, the more you spend in bed awake. What can then happen is that you may then start to have negative feelings about bed and sleeping.
Make relaxation your goal rather than sleep. This avoids that negative feeling about sleep. Although it is not a replacement for sleep, relaxation can help rejuvenate your body. By focusing on relaxing you may eventually fall asleep.
Tips for better sleep
Go to bed at the same time every evening and wake up at the same time every day, even at weekends.
Limit your exposure to light in the hours leading up to going to bed. This includes blue light emitted from mobiles and laptops.
Try to relax before going to bed. One of the things that could help is an Epsom Salts bath. Reading a book may also help you switch off.
When it is time to sleep ensure that the room is dark.
Make your bedroom comfortable. The optimal temperature for the bedroom is 18 degrees centigrade.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day.
Cut back on sugary foods and refined carbs.
Get regular exercise. Exercising regularly may help you sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day. However, it is best not to exercise too close to the time you go to bed.
Write down a brain dump of the day and your plans as this will stop you from thinking about all the things that you need to do. Stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it difficult to sleep well. Try to reduce your overall stress level and not worry as much (I know, easier said than done!) to make it easier to unwind at night.
Homeopathy can help sleep issues during menopause, along with other menopausal symptoms.
Insomnia and Homeopathy
If you would like to discuss your sleeplessness symptoms, feel free to book a free discovery call with me, or email me.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including menopausal issues and insomnia. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
I am always happy to hear from you.