Menopause and sleep related problems
February 22, 2010
Menopause is that phase in a woman’s body when it stops releasing the eggs monthly and also stops the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones. As a result, there are several changes that may occur in a woman’s body. The hypothalamus part of the brain is affected which affects sleep and also regulates the body temperature. As a result, there are hot flushes occurring that stays on for 3 minutes approximately.
In the night it can also occur by means of sweating which is referred to as night sweat. It becomes uneasy to sleep during that time. The age for menopause among women vary. It could be somewhere between 45 and 55 years of age, although people might face menopause earlier or later than that. In the U.S. the average age for women’s menopause is 51 years. There is something called perimenopause which women might face much before the actual menopause takes place and hormonal changes start occurring which result in less or disturbed sleep.
Sometimes menopause is artificially imposed on a woman. Sometimes women have to be operated upon and their ovaries have to be removed through oopherectomy and in such artificially induced menopausal cases, the hormonal change is sudden and the effects may be tremendous. The naturally imposed menopause is thus better than that which is artificially imposed.
Women may go for HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy in such cases. This includes severe results such as heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, clots and so on. It is better to be able to sleep naturally and lessen the hormonal changes impact through light exercises, long walks, intake of soy diet and meditation.
Too much of soy intake may however result in gastrointestinal disturbances. Herbs like dong guai, black cohosh and wild yam can be taken for lessening the effects of menopause. Mood disorders can be corrected to a great extent through the use of meditative techniques. Menopausal women often face sleep apnea which is related to snoring. It could be a life
threatening condition because the there is supposed to be a pause in breathing while sleeping. This should be referred to the doctor for necessary medical help. Menopause is a phase of life which has to be dealt with care and is similar to every phase like adolescence, pregnancy and so on. With less tension and practicality, every woman should be able to pass this phase successfully.