Menopause is a great change in the life of women and one that can be exciting and full of opportunity. It does however take some adjustments and what with hot flashes, etc. one can go through a few sleep difficulties. The best way to treat these sleep difficulties is using natural alternatives.
Herbal Therapy for Better Sleep during Menopause
Herbal therapy is one of the natural therapies you can use to achieve better sleep during menopause. Herbs that may help cure insomnia and help you sleep better are lavender, hops, lemon balm, passion flower and valerian. Instead of having coffee before bed try having a cup of herbal tea using one of these herbs to help you relax.
Lavender is also good for mood swings and other herbs such as lemon balm, kava and skullcap can help with anxiety, stress and other mood disorders that may prevent you sleeping.
Black cohosh is the menopausal herbal remedy and helps for a number of symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, irritability and depression.
Menopausal Healing Foods and Better Sleep
Studies have shown that omega 3 rich foods are beneficial for depression and improving sleep but they are also beneficial for many other reasons and all menopausal women should ensure that they are eating enough foods rich in omega 3 such as fish, flaxseed, etc.
Follow other basic rules for good nutrition and those associated with sleeping well generally – avoid processed or sugary foods and caffeine. Focus on organic, whole foods and fruit and vegetables. Caffeine, alcohol and sugar can all negatively impact your sleep, whether you are going through menopause or not.
Exercise for Better Sleep during Menopause
Exercise helps to keep your body healthy, supple and strong as well as helping to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and keep your mind healthy. In order to get better sleep during menopause it is important to keep up your daily exercise routine (or start one). This exercise does not need to be rigorous but simple exercises like going for a walk will help as well.
Menopause can be an exciting time for a woman and there are natural ways to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep during this time and help to minimize other menopausal symptoms so that you go through this stage of your life feeling healthy and strong.
Elizabeth Shannon has been researching sleep and sleep disorders for over 10 years. She interviews experts and reviews successful case studies to identify and report on natural solutions for insomnia. Totally without the use of drugs.