Sleep, Glorious Sleep!

Hello again! I don’t know where you live, but it’s been raining here for TWO DAYS straight! All I’ve wanted to do is curl up in bed with a good book, some hot soup and time to nap. In other words, I do not want to get out of bed!

This thought about sleep and sleepiness really got to me! As if you didn’t already know, sleep is SO important. A consistently good night’s sleep, for at least seven to eight hours a night, is key to a successful day – and so much more. And the more I researched, the more I realized how many changes, both physically and mentally, sleep can have if we don’t get enough. How much sleep do we get as opposed to how much sleep do we really need? How does insomnia affect us?

Lo and behold, I found out that March is National Sleep month. It’s a good time to think about your sleep habits and how they affect your mind and body. The National Sleep Foundation is a great website to get information about sleep habits, sleep and menopause, obesity and any topic you can think of as it relates to getting zzzs. Lack of sleep can cause everything from hormone imbalance, poor immune system, inability to handle stress, weight gain, even lowers out ability to drive.

Don’t let sleep deprivation take over your life! BodyLogicMD just posted a great article on their blog about sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue and your hormones. If you’re in the throes of menopause, this article can help put your sleep habits in perspective, and hopefully help you start a conversation – with yourself and your doctor – about how to make positive sleep changes. They’re the experts, so check them out!

 

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  • My sleep issues have more to do with night sweats. I’m definitely sleep deprived. The National Sleep Foundation is probably a good place to visit. Thanks for the tip.

     
     
     
  • Great post, Judy. Sleep is vital. I take melatonin every night as part of my hormone regime and I always get my 9 hours, I just make it a habit. (Asleep at midnight, awake at 9am. Almost always. Sometimes it’s 9:30. Heaven.)

    But, guess what? The other night, I decided to skip my estradiol.
    Just didn’t rub any in. Why? Good question. My thinking went like this: “Oh, I probably used enough this morning, so maybe I don’t need the tiny bit more I usuallly rub in at night.”
    WRONG.
    I woke up around 5:00am with night sweats! So, now I know for sure that the estrogen DOES matter. Even that tiny bit.

    No wonder my friend, “C” cannot sleep. She’s 49, swears she is not near menopause (is on the pill and has been for years, unfortunately) and she NEVER gets a good night’s sleep…yet she cannot seem to make the connection that her estrogen is so low it prevents her from sleeping.
    She says she wakes up hot and sweaty every night and can’t get back to sleep. Hello? That is an estrogen issue.
    Her HMO doc has her convinced we are a bunch of nuts over at Body Logic…. I feel bad for her.
    The proof is in the pudding. WE ARE SLEEPING; she is NOT!

     
     
     
  • I am currently seeking bio hormone replacement therapy. I have found another bio doctor in Indianapolis that uses all the testing that bodylogic does, but they bill your insurance and it is half the cost (or more) of bodylogic.

     
     
     
  • adell

    please help I cannot sleep at nights