Insomnia and other symptoms of menopause

Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some women seem to breeze through with only minor symptoms while other women have a relatively hard time adjusting to the intense physical and emotional changes. The first step in dealing with your voyage through menopause is to recognize your own sings and symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of menopause:

  • Sleep Disturbances (insomnia) – If you’re having hot flashes at night (hot flashes are uncomfortable feelings of warmth that move from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. They are common during perimenopause) which are called night sweats, then these may be menopause related sleep disturbances. If they disturb your sleep, then this lack of proper rest can affect your mood and overall health.
  • Emotional Changes – mood swings can be a difficult symptom to deal with, which can be attributed to hormone changes or a lack of sleep because of night sweats. Many women complain of being more irritable, sad and discouraged. These feeling are common, but depression that interferes with your quality of life is not a normal part of menopause.
  • Irregular Periods – these can be the first clue that menopause is starting. In most women who have not had a hysterectomy, periods become less frequent over a period of time.
  • Urinary Tract Changes – during perimenopause, some women will experience bladder control problems because of the drop in estrogen levels. The most common bladder problem experienced in this phase is called stress incontinence.
  • Vaginal Changes – when estrogen is reduced in your body, the tissues lining your vagina may become drier, thinner, and less elastic. You may feel more burning sensations and sexual intercourse could become painful.
  • Other Physical Changes – physical changes that may occur during menopause include:
    weight gain, headache, joint pain, heart palpitations, fatigue, forgetfulness, changes in the skin, eyes, hair and teeth.

Are there any lifestyle changes that could help?

Lifestyle changes that include regular breathing and aerobic exercise and quitting cigarettes can help reduce the intensity of hot flashes. Also, increasing the quantity of specific foods that are high in “Isoflavones – phytoestrogens” (example: soy beans, yams, soy milk, tofu, miso soup, etc.) can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness.

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