Perimenopause and Sleep
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Perimenopause and Sleep
I have been in perimenopause for about a year now with various
symptoms. The stuff that's bothering me most right now has to do sleep
issues. First off, I have always had to get up a couple of times a
night to go to the bathroom. In fact, about 25 years ago I went to a
urologist to check this out and he said I have a ''tiny but perfect
bladder''. I have never seen a urologist since, but wonder if I should
as I never did get a second opinion. Anyway, related to that is that
as of late, I seem to be getting up every couple of hours to go to the
bathroom and as a result am not sleeping soundly and get pretty ragged
after a couple of days of this. In fact, I had to go to sleep at 8:30
pm last night just to catch up. I do not have a UTI. Not drinking
anything after dinner does not affect this. In fact, when I awake in
the morning and pee, and then take my shower, after my shower I have
to pee again (shower is about 5 minutes). Now on top of all of this,
when I lie down at night to go to sleep, my feet get really warm. This
from a woman who has in the past slept in polartec socks because my
feet are usually so cold!. Now I stick my feet out of the covers when
sleeping. And finally, in the morning when I get out of bed, my left
foot ''pops'' when I walk - sort of like cracking your knuckles. It
only lasts about a minute, but it's weird and obviously not
normal. So, I'm looking for advice as to how to deal with these
issues. I'm in Contra Costa and have Kaiser. Thanks.
My daughter sleeps better than I do!
One thing you said that made me a little nervous was the symptom of
having to go to the bathroom lots more than usual. You might want to
get checked for diabetes, especially if you feel thirsty a lot.
I would suggest that you should get yourself tested to rule out
Diabetes Mellitus or Diabetes Insipidus. These are the two forms
of Diabetes. The next thing I wanted to emphasise that around
menopause ladies go through lots of hormonal ups and downs. I
practice Homeopathy and would be able to help you in restoring
your sleep back.
I didn't see the original post seeking advice for this problem
but I would like to respond to the posting that gives advice
about testing for Diabetes Mellitus or Diabetes Insipidus. ''These
are the two forms of Diabetes''. This is an inaccurate statement
and infers that each has the weight and health risks and/or
concerns of the other which in fact they do not. Furthermore,
Diabetes Insipidus is fairly rare....
[See "Advice about Diabetes for the rest of this posting]
For the last month or so I've had a lot of trouble with insomnia, much of which I attribute to
perimenopausal hormonal changes. I'm wondering if there're any good tips out there for
handling insomnia, are there effective herbal treatments; anyone used sleeping pills and if so,
which and for how long?
I'm sorry to hear about your insomnia, which I know from personal experience
can be awful. Are you experiencing any other related symptoms, like anxiety or
panic? I know that hormone shifts in the postpartum period can produce a
cluster of symptoms including anxiety, insomnia, and depression, and wouldn't
be surprised if the same thing weren't the case during perimenopause. If the
insomnia is an isolated symptom rather than the centerpiece of a cluster, I'd
suggest, in addition to activities like walks and meditation, a sleeping pill called
Ambien. Sometimes a couple of nights of good sleep can get one's body back on
track. A sleeping pill used in the short term can be a great help as a
kick-starter. However, if your insomnia is part of a larger, hormone triggered,
agitated depression (as mine was postpartum), you might benefit from an
anti-depressant accompanied initially by either a sleeping pill or an
anti-anxiety medication like Ativan. Then, once your anxious depression lifts,
your sleep will normalize. If you do end up trying an anti-depressant, be on the
alert that SSRI's like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft can aggravate insomnia, at least
initially. Anti-depressants known to help with sleep include Trazodone,
Serzone, and Remeron. Good luck and good night!
I had insomnia several years ago and my doctor at the time prescribed Ambien. I
became addicted to it within a few weeks, and it took me several years to
overcome this dependency. I can't say strongly enough that I think sleeping pills
are a *HUGE* mistake. (I also found that the sleep they gave me was quite
surreal; I would lose my memory of whatever happened for several hours after I
took the drug; for example, if I got up to care for my kids in the middle of the
night, I wouldn't have the slightest idea the next morning what I'd done. This
was creepy.) I've also heard from friends that Ativan, a tranquilizer, is likewise
very addictive. What eventually helped with my insomnia was beginning
hormone replacement therapy (which I found helpful before menopause), and
beginning to exercise more. It was hard to find time to exercise; race-walking
around the neighborhood was a good start. A good book on dealing with
insomnia was "Overcoming Insomnia"; I bought it at Borders.
I, too, have had a lot of insomnia related to my periomenopause. I found
"Calms Forte", and herbal remedy found in health food stores to be quite
effective. It's non-habit forming and I've found I could easily use it when I
needed and leave it when I didn't. Good Luck to you.
I have used a homeopathic remedy called Calms Forte after it was recommended
by several friends. I am skeptical about homeopathy but it keeps working, so I
know it's not effective just because I believe in it! These little tablets really help
me when I know I'm tired but I can't fall asleep, or when I wake up midway
through the night and can't get back to sleep. I have noticed no after-effects, nor
have I developed any dependency. It's made by Boiron and you can get it at
Whole Foods or other health food stores, for about $7 a bottle. Take one for
general calming (even during the day), two or even three at bedtime to get you
all the way through the night. Sweet dreams!
I suffered from insomnia for nearly a year until I found out about
essential oils. Not to go on about their effectiveness but an animal's
sense of smell is one of the (our) most primal, complex and powerful of
all the senses. I found that a combination of lavender, chammomile,
clary sage, and marjoram mixed at 2-4% with vegetable oil and rubbed on
the bottom of my feet, temples, and forearms was surprisingly very
effective in curing my insomnia. Side effects are nil. Certainly worth a
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