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The Impact of Menopause On Sleep and Melatonin Levels

The Impact of Menopause On Sleep and Melatonin Levels

The end of women’s reproductive period or menopause, is a normal process that women will undergo at a certain age with several drastic and severe changes.

 

For a 50 year old women, Debbie is in phenomenal shape. She has a better figure than most 20-year old girls.

 

However, she wasn’t always this way. Debbie gained an astounding 26 pounds and went up three dress sizes during her menopause! She gained most of this weight on her belly (apparently this is called “Menopause Belly”) but she also gained weight on her hips, thighs and butt.

 

She could no longer fit into her favorite jeans and felt very self-conscious about her body.

Yet, the worst part of menopause for Debbie was the insomnia. Even worse than the hot flashes. Even worse than the emotional mood swings.

 

The very worst part was the insomnia and night sweats that accompanied it. Debbie isn’t alone. In a study conducted by the Sleep Foundation, they found that 61% of women experience insomnia as they go through menopause. But why is this?

 

During menopause, estrogen production goes down to almost zero as your ovaries become depleted and eventually “go to sleep”. This lack of estrogen drives your other hormones out of whack. Progesterone. Cortisol. And of course, melatonin. As you know melatonin is the “master sleep hormone”. Melatonin has a cascading impact on the rest of your hormones which helps you fall asleep.

 

When melatonin is high, falling asleep is easy as pushing a button.

 

But when you are deficient in melatonin (as almost all menopausal are) falling asleep can be a true nightmare.