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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Sleep impacts our health significantly. 💤 Here’s how. 

It impacts the way we feel, how much energy we have, our hormones, our skin, our appetite, metabolism, long-term health, and stress levels—I could go on and on! 

However, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so I felt the best place to start breaking this down was the brain!

How does sleep affect your brain and mental health? 

🌙 Tiredness: 
Ok this one is fairly obvious, but a lack of sleep leaves you feeling tired, and low on energy which can impact you throughout the day. 

🌙 Problems with concentration, focus and memory:
A lack of sleep can make it harder for you to focus throughout the day and cause you to struggle to concentrate on tasks. During the night, your brain processes information you have taken in throughout the day, committing certain things to memory and preparing for retrieval of this information the following day. 

🌙 Anxiety & depression:
Poor sleep in the short term can increase anxiety and tearyness and make it harder to regulate your emotions the next day. However, in the long term, lack of sleep can significantly impact our mental health, manifesting as depression, insomnia and other mental health disorders.

Supporting your sleep in any way you can helps to support your mental health. 

Keep following me for more tips on how to support your sleep to support your wellbeing.

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