A compassionate approach to poor sleep during the perimenopause

Many women going through the perimenopause (or menopausal transition) experience disturbed sleep. It’s one, if not the, core symptom of this period. According to research, up to 60% of menopausal women suffer from poor sleep – which also has a knock-on effect on their family, work and social lives. 

Adopting a compassionate attitude, i.e. taking a moment to respectfully observe yourself struggling with the aim to support yourself, can help to alleviate poor sleep and its daytime consequences.

Your Future Self of Sleep

Sleep matters. And while we all know this on a deeper, felt level, many of us tend to ignore our need for healthy sleep. There will be different reasons for this depending on personality and circumstances. But I also wonder if this ignorance of sleep’s benefits for our health is because the negative health consequences of insufficient sleep aren’t always readily noticeable. In other words, sleep is ignored because the future self feels to abstract.

Does daytime napping protect the brain?

Previous studies have shown that napping helps to boost performance. According to a very recent study by Paz et al.1 regularly taking a nap during the day can help to slow down the natural decline in brain volume and maintain brain health.

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I wrote Sleep Sense to share my fascination with sleep with all of you. To help you understand why sleep is important for every single one of us. My aim is to empower you to take steps that are right for you to sleep well.

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3️⃣ ways to support your body through menopause and those hot flashes!! 🥵💤 SLEEP - Sleep is so important for us all, at all stages of life! But hot flashes can really get in the way of this, so when it comes to sleep, choose clothes which allow you to feel cool and ventilated but also remember the chills that come after the hot flash, have a layer near by or longer pyjamas in a very breathable material.🌿 NATURAL REMEDIES - HRT is an often taken route to avoiding the effects of the hot flashes. However, staying in tune with your body, you can look to more natural remedies for this too.You might try sage which can be found in supplement form, or black cohosh to help manage hot flashes.🩵 SELF COMPASSION - Understanding that your body is going through a very natural change and needs a little compassion is a wildly underrated technique to managing hot flashes. Self-compassion is a powerful assistant in helping your body to navigate the menopause.If you have questions or wanrt to know more, I’d love to hear from you, drop into the comments of my DM’s and don’t forget that you can easily book a on obligation consuklation call with me if sleep is something you’d like to focus on to support your wellbeing.#sleep #menopause #womenshealth #womenswellbeing #perimenopause #menopausehealth ... See MoreSee Less
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