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Is There a Connection Between Menopause and Insomnia

Is There a Connection Between Menopause and Insomnia

ANSWER:

Yes, there is a connection between menopause and insomnia.

Factors That Cause Insomnia In Menopausal Women

 

According to Dr. Joyce Wasleben of the New York University School of Medicine’s Sleep Disorders Center, there are several factors that contribute to women who are in the menopausal stage of their lives, specifically during the transition into menopause or the perimenopause stage[1]. Some of these factors are the decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels the occurrence of hot flashes, depression and mineral deficiency[2].

 

Decrease in Estrogen and Progesterone Levels

 

The most common cause of insomnia is the decrease in estrogen and progesterone hormones in women during the perimenopausal stage into the menopausal stage[3].

 

According to Dr. Wasleben, the decrease of hormones particularly progesterone, which promotes sleep, can make it more difficult for perimenopausal women to fall asleep. Dr. Uzzi Reiss, the author of Natural Hormone Balance for Women, also attributes menopausal insomnia to the dip in estrogen hormones[4].

 

Hot Flashes, Migraines, Fatigue

 

Dr. Reiss has found that the decrease in estrogen levels also has accompanying physical symptoms such as hot flashes, migraines, fatigue, depr, which make it even harder for menopausal women to sleep properly[5]. Additionally,  psychological symptoms manifest as well, such as depression and anxiety.

 

Mineral Deficiency

 

Another side effect of the decrease in estrogen levels in menopausal women is the occurrence of mineral deficiency. Having an abundant supply of estrogen in the body enhances magnesium and calcium utilization, according to Dr. Mildred Seeling[6]. According nutritionist Adelle Davis, one of the side effects of calcium deficiency is insomnia[7], while those who have magnesium deficiency are often restless, agitated and prone to frequent nighttime awakenings[8].

 

It is, therefore, important to get enough calcium and magnesium to combat menopausal insomnia. The role of combating mineral deficiency in menopausal insomnia is proven in a study conducted by Dr. W. Davis where ninety-nine percent of magnesium-deficient patients were immediately cured of their insomnia after taking magnesium chloride supplements[9].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

[1]Walsleben, RN, PhD, Joyce. “Menopause and Insomnia | National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safety.” National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safety | Information on Sleep Health and Safety. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/ask-the-expert/menopause-and-insomnia>.

[2] “Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[3] Walsleben, RN, PhD, Joyce. “Menopause and Insomnia | National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safety.” National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safety | Information on Sleep Health and Safety. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/ask-the-expert/menopause-and-insomnia>.

[4]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[5]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[6]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[7]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[8]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

[9]”Menopause And Insomnia — New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency.” Medical News Today: Health News. 15 May 2007. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/70832.php>.

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