As we age we do require less sleep, but it seems to be in menopause that we begin losing sleep. Night sweats will obviously be one reason for disturbed sleep and may cause you to waken several times during the night. Some women may also experience restless legs, which is another annoying disorder that may keep you awake – this is where you have the urge to constantly move your legs. There is no known cause for this, but it has been connected to low iron levels and dopamine abnormalities, which is a chemical found in the brain that controls muscle activity.
Constant interruptions in your sleep pattern will have a noticeable effect on your daily life and can cause depression, fatigue, effects on memory and an inability to concentrate on daily tasks.
Try to avoid stimulants before bedtime, such as caffeine and alcohol. Take warms baths, listen to relaxing music and make sure your bedroom is not too hot. Lavender is one of the most calming herbs and can be used in a variety of ways to help induce sleep. Use flowers and essential oils in baths, room sprays, sleep sprays, pot-pourri and sleep pillows.
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