Insomnia is a very common symptom of menopause, but may not always be recognised or identified as such. Sleep changes include difficulty getting to sleep or falling asleep quickly, only to spring wide-awake several times a night, or every hour on the hour. Night sweats often cause us to wake many times in the night, and as the night progresses, it becomes harder to return to sleep.
Sleepless nights can fast become the norm, but as good sleep is now recognised as being such an important factor in our wellbeing and longevity, it’s important to deal with insomnia before it becomes a bad habit.
Poor sleep can trigger other symptoms, such as depression and irritability. Once you begin to sleep more peacefully you will notice an improvement in your mood as well as your energy levels and mental clarity.
Usual causes of disturbed sleep apart from night sweats include, anxiety or having to get up in the night to go to the bathroom. Low levels of oestrogen can make the lining of our bladder and urethra fragile so that we need to pass water more often.