Whether from working late, life stresses, young children or one too many nights out most of us will have (maybe briefly) experienced that feeling of extreme tiredness when you feel like you are not performing well mentally or physically due to lack of sleep- but for many of us the knowledge that a bit of quality shut eye will likely make everything feel better in the morning means it’s probably not something we spend much time thinking about.
When that exhaustion becomes a daily occurrence because you are simply unable to ever have a restful night’s sleep it can start to have a dramatic effect on quality of life and general ability to function. Sleep, lack of it and anxiety around it starts to pervade everything and can result in deterioration in mental health, relationship breakdowns, job loss and a dramatic reduction in sense of well-being. Over 60% of women report trouble sleeping around the menopause leaving them feeling frustrated and powerless to know how to improve it.
With the torrent of other stresses that may be going on in life around this time- career pressures, teenagers, children leaving home, ageing parents but to name a few- poor sleep due to the menopause is not the tonic you need to help you feel emotionally robust enough to deal with everything else life is throwing at you.
It’s really important as menopause specialists that we understand sleep changes around the menopause and recognise the potentially huge impact that poor sleep may have on a woman’s life and the misery that can ensue from insomnia.