How Perimenopause Affects Your Sleep

By Lisa Jones Nov 15, 20

During menopause, women experience many hormonal changes that greatly affect every system in the body. During this time, common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and increased stress. All of these symptoms have the potential to exaggerate your skin troubles. Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms women will experience and healthy sleep is paramount for skin beauty.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which it is difficult to fall asleep quickly and to stay asleep for an extended period of time. Insomnia affects roughly 60% of women during menopause. So, how is menopause and insomnia linked?

Affects Brain Chemicals

During menopause, estrogen levels get depleted which impact chemical compounds in the brain. These chemicals are essential at regulating sleep. The three essential chemicals, also known as sleep hormones, are serotonin, melatonin, and gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). The reduction of estrogen affects all three, causing insomnia. So how do these hormones have so much effect on healthy sleep?

High Brain Activity

GABA is crucial for lowering brain activity when it is time to sleep. When you’re awake, neurons fire rapidly. This is essential during the day, but when it comes to sleep, it becomes a problem. Low GABA levels make it hard to reduce brain activity which will keep you up at night.

Tight Muscles

Besides for GABA having an effect on brain activity, low GABA levels also make it difficult for your muscles to relax. GABA and serotonin together, effectively stabilize your mood which helps the body to become relaxed. When your body relaxes, the brain tells the body it is time to sleep. This change in estrogen, which effects these sleep hormones can increase cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This raises blood pressure and causes strain on the muscles. Therefore, your body becomes tense, which weakens your muscles and the lack of sleep doesn’t allow your body to repair itself properly. Thus, an unhealthy cycle forms.

High Heart Rate

Melatonin is essential for regulating the circadian rhythm within our bodies. It determines when to sleep and when to wake up. It also regulates the heart rate and body temperature during sleep. Hormone imbalances during menopause can reduce the production and release of melatonin necessary. This in turn, effects the circadian rhythm and keeps the heart rate up, making it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Night Sweats

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms women experience during menopause. Night sweats are basically just hot flashes that women experience in the night. These can greatly affect the quality of sleep as it is an uncomfortable condition to be woken up in a pool of sweat throughout the night. Trying to cool down can then make it then can be difficult to fall back asleep.

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