If you're around a 40-ish year-old woman and finding yourself in a late-night rendezvous with your thoughts, tossing and turning in bed, you're not alone (well, that sounds weird, maybe you are but you know what we mean 👀). Broken sleep is one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause. 

With the change in your sleep patterns, you might be wondering, "I can't sleep anymore? Am I in perimenopause?"

Before you start consulting Dr. Google and finding all sorts of strange possibilities, let's jump into the world of perimenopause and its mission to sabotage our sleep.

First off, what even IS this phase: perimenopause? Basically, it's the transition years leading up to menopause, and is a phase when your body decides it's time to trade in its youthful energy for a whirlwind of hormonal changes. For the vast majority of us, it's not always a party, especially when it comes to our precious sleep.

So what the heckity-heck is going on in there?? 

Blame it on the estrogen – the hormone that's been your trusty sidekick all these years. As you inch closer to menopause, estrogen levels start to take a nosedive, leaving your body and your sleep cycle in a state of confusion.

So, why the sudden sleep struggles? Well, think of it like this – your body is going through a hormonal metamorphosis. It's adjusting to a new normal, and unfortunately, your sleep often becomes collateral damage in the process.

Now, if you're nodding your head and thinking, "Yep, that's me," fear not – you're not alone, and there are ways to navigate these nocturnal challenges.

Let's start with the bedroom. Is it a tranquil oasis or a chaotic battleground? Your sleep environment plays a crucial role in the quality of your rest. Invest in some cosy pillows, dim the lights, and consider banishing electronic devices from your sacred space. Your bed should be a haven for sleep, not a place for late-night doom scrolling or endless cute doggie videos (though that does sound appealing!).

Routine! Yes, we know, routines sound about as exciting as watching paint dry, but fact is, your body loves them. Establish a calming bedtime routine – something that signals to your brain that it's time to wind down. Whether it's reading a chapter of that book you've been meaning to finish, taking a warm bath, or sipping on a Peri Superlatte loaded with magnesium glycinate (secret Peri sleep weapon), find what works for you and turn it into a nightly ritual.

Exercise is another secret weapon in the battle for a good night's sleep. Not only does it help with those pesky perimenopausal mood swings, but it can also contribute to better sleep. Just be mindful of the timing – a vigorous workout right before bed might turn you into an Olympic-level night owl.

Night sweats and hot flashes: they can turn your cosy haven into a sauna, disrupting your sleep with an unwelcome visit. Consider upgrading your sleepwear to something breathable and lightweight. Keep a fan by your bedside to maintain the optimal temperature for a good night's sleep.  Have a couple of cups of Peri Chai Latte or Peri Hot Choccy which will help reduce night sweats and hot flushes.

It's all about creating a sleep sanctuary where you can escape the hormonal turbulence.

If, despite all your efforts, sleep remains elusive, it might be time to have a heart-to-heart with your healthcare provider. They can offer insights into what's happening with your body and provide guidance on potential solutions. 

Noticing other changes that are making you wonder if you're in perimenopause? Check out this self-assessment test.

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January 24, 2024 — Angela Greely

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