Menopause and sleep problems seem to go hand in hand, but if you are suffering more than most, it may be that sleep apnea is the culprit.
Sleep apnea, also called obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts normal breathing during sleep.
* Heavy snoring
* periods of no breathing
* Waking up frequently during the night or experience irregular sleep
* Having sleep or not well rested during the day
how it affects their health
Depending on how often and by how long breathing, sleep apnea can be classified as mild, moderate or severe stops. It affects men and women, it can occur at any age, and has been linked to an increased risk of fragmented sleep and anxiety, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
Although sleep disorders mild sleep apnea can cause partners, leading to depression, irritability, sexual problems and problems with learning and memory. Common factors related to sleep apnea include being overweight or obese; which has an anatomical abnormality in the nose, throat or other parts of the upper airway; The use of certain medications, including sedatives; sleeping on your back; and the use of alcohol before bedtime.
Asking your doctor for overnight oximetry can be a good screening test to evaluate sleep apnea. This test occurs during sleep at home. Note that the only true way to diagnose sleep apnea test is based on the hospital, but the home test can help you in the right direction.
How to help yourself
There are many options available to help management apnea, including measures of lifestyle to lose weight and medical devices simple that they can be used at night to keep the airway open. Dr. Weil recommends these tactics to deal with sleep apnea:
* If you are overweight, lose some excess pounds. According to the American Sleep Foundation, even a weight loss of 10 percent can reduce nocturnal breathing interruptions.
* Avoid alcohol before bedtime.
* Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of medications you are taking.
* Discontinue use of sleeping pills.
Develop good sleep habits, including sleep on your side, getting enough rest quality, and development – and sticking to -. A bed and sleep schedule
* Get a sleep evaluation. This usually requires spending a night in a sleep center, during which brain waves, eye movements, breathing and other vital functions are monitored. Your GP can refer you.
* In addition, your blood pressure under control through diet, regular moderate exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Women may experience insomnia or lack of sleep because their progesterone levels are low and remain dominant in estrogen plus can stimulate the brain cause insomnia. Low levels of progesterone also increase anxiety and depression that can affect your sleep habits due to serotonin, the hormone that induces sleep, does not occur effectively if anxious or depressed way.
During peri-menopause, when progesterone levels are fluctuating, the use of natural progesterone can help you get a good night’s sleep. During and after menopause, progesterone levels fall to near zero. To produce estrogen in fat cells and / or absorption of environmental xenoestrogens, levels of estrogen / progesterone may contribute to unbalanced also insomnia.
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