Help, I can’t sleep!
It’s one of the most frequent questions asked by women in perimenopause and menopause:
What’s happened to my sleep? Why is it so much harder for me to sleep well?
What can I do to sleep better while I’m going through menopause—and after
Peri menopause and menopause can bring significant challenges to sleep. The hormone progesterone influences your good sleep.
Hormones are either declining or becoming unbalanced.
Progesterone declines rapidly once you stop ovulating monthly. Progesterone is a sleep-promoting, “feel good” hormone for women. Good levels of progesterone a sense of calm, boosting relaxation and facilitating sleep Progesterone increases production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps sleep. Low progesterone can bring about anxiety and restlessness, and trouble sleeping, including a tendency to wake frequently during the night.
A woman’s body stops producing progesterone once she enters menopause. So, supplementation is key.