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Natural Ways to Ease Menopausal Insomnia

Sunday, 05 January 2014 01:21 AM EST

Insomnia can reduce the quality of a person’s life and is often linked with chronic illness, mental state, or medication use. One of the less talked about causes is menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats interfere with the body’s sleep pattern and cause insomnia. Hormone replacement therapy is not always the best treatment for the symptoms of menopause and a lot of women are now seeking the best natural remedies to reduce the anxiety and depression that symptoms like insomnia bring with the onset of menopause. Some of the best remedies to reduce the symptoms of menopause are natural.

Yoga has been touted as a relief from hot flashes, but clinical trials suggest that it is one of the best natural remedies for insomnia. Yoga reduces the severity of hot flashes experienced during menopause and calms the nervous system, leading to better sleep patterns. Sleep problems are one of the most common symptoms experienced during menopause and gentle yoga practiced regularly is of much benefit.

Root and herb supplements are helpful. St. John’s wort is known to reduce anxiety and depression and lift the spirits. Black cohosh is another natural remedy which relieves hot flashes, fatigue, and insomnia. Dong quai is a Chinese herb which also greatly relieves symptoms of menopause, including insomnia. Valerian root is mildly sedative and one of the best natural remedies for insomnia. It has a tranquilizing effect and is used as a sleeping aid. It is also used to calm anxiety and treat depression.

Natural hormones like melatonin help you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. Vitamins help women going through symptoms of menopause by relieving them of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Vitamins B6, B12, E, and bioflavonoids are the best natural remedies for these symptoms.

Feelings of anxiety, depression, and insomnia are all known to be relieved by exercise. Exercise is the best natural method to avoid weight gain. Tiring the body through exercise helps fight insomnia.

A diet of fruit, vegetables, and proteins is essential for women approaching menopause. However, one of the best natural remedies to ease symptoms of menopause is to consume foods that contain naturally occurring phytoestrogens such as those present in whole grains and flaxseed. Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol should be reduced from the diet or cut out completely to ease the insomnia occurring during menopause.

Acupuncture is another one of those natural remedies which relieves the symptoms of insomnia.

Healthy sleep practices include establishing a routine bedtime, taking a warm bath before bed, sleeping at the same time, avoiding large meals at night, blocking out environmental noises, and dimming the light in your bedroom.

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As women begin menopause, they start experiencing a host of symptoms ranging from anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, night sweats, low libido, and insomnia. The reason for these menopause symptoms is declining levels of estrogen.
Sunday, 05 January 2014 01:21 AM
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