You’re tired. Yet, no matter-how long you lay in bed, how comfortable you get, how many times you count backwards from 100, you simply can’t fall asleep.
You become physically bored of trying to fall asleep, and when you do- you wake up the next morning, exhausted. The entire day is spent drinking cups & cups of coffee to stay awake; convincing yourself that tonight you’ll definitely fall asleep- but the cycle repeats itself.
That’s insomnia for you.
Recently, the office of Women’s Health found that- 1 in 4 women have some insomnia problems and it’s more common in women, especially older women (facing menopause) than in men.
So, why do more women than men suffer from insomnia?
It’s because of “unique” hormonal changes causing:
PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) in perimenopausal women. Women have problem sleeping around the days leading up to their menstrual cycle.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats in perimenopausal and menopausal women. As it gets uncomfortable to sleep with change in body temperature.
Depression & Anxiety Women who face depression and anxiety tend to have higher risk with insomnia.
However, even with hormonal turbulence there are natural ways available to alleviate insomnia.
First, let’s start by understanding how our body prepares for “sleep” and what minerals, hormones and enzymes assist this action.
The Circadian Rhythm
Our body has its natural 24 hour internal clock.
This rhythm is important in determining the sleeping and feeding patterns. Additionally, it determines all physiological aspects of our body like- clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to the daily cycle of feeding & sleeping.
Adenosine is an important chemical known as nucleoside that exists naturally in cells- it is responsible for energy transfer. These are chemical messengers or neurotransmitters to the brain that help with “initiation of sleep”.
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)
These are amino acids produced naturally in our brain. They work as neurotransmitters, facilitating communication amongst brain cells. GABA activities in the brain- induces relaxation, reduces stress and alleviates pain. This provides a calm & balanced mood in addition to boosting sleep.
Therefore, many doctors recommend GABA supplements to women who are already on HRT to reduce menopausal insomnia:
These are hormones produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It is commonly known as the “sleep hormone”- as high levels can help us fall asleep. It sends signals to our brain letting it know it’s nighttime, so we can relax and fall asleep easier.
Cortisol are commonly known as “stress hormone” which are released by the adrenal glands. These are important for helping our bodies deal with stressful situations. However, high level of cortisol causes weight gain, disrupt sleep, reduced energy levels and has a negative impact on our mood.
Vitamins D & E
Vitamin D: Deficiency or abundance of Vitamin D causes sleep issues.
Vitamin E: This helps maintain healthy cell function, offers protection for the health & function of brain- which regulates the hormones and receptors that induce ‘sleep’
Minerals- Magnesium & Iron
Iron: this is vital for our bodies to function properly. Iron deficiency causes an increase in anxiety, insomnia and restless leg syndrome which affects a restful sleep.
Magnesium: Deficiency of Magnesium increases anxiety, increases the time it takes to fall asleep and it decreases sleep efficiency & total sleep time.
This is why, many sleep experts suggest to add Magnesium & Iron supplements to your daily diet to reduce menopausal insomnia:
REM & Wave Sleep
These cycles and waves affect the state of deep and restorative. This is achieved by relaxed muscles, increased supply of blood to our muscles, growth of tissues and repairment of our body overnight.
This is an external stimulant that promotes alertness and is consumed by billions all over the world. Caffeine takes 30 to 60 minutes to be effective and takes 3 to 5 hours to reach its half life- amount of time it takes our body to eliminate half of our caffeine intake. Therefore, the caffeine remains in our body acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist- blocking the adenosine receptors to keep us from falling asleep.
Caffeine has been a daily ritual for most ladies, and it can get hard to quit it completely. Therefore, there is a natural method to neutralise sleep disrupting effects of caffeine with inergySLEEP- our flagship natural sleep supplement product.
So, now that we have fully understood how our body prepared for “sleep”.
Is there a natural way to alleviate insomnia?
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