Depression and Menopause can disrupt your Sleep

As we all know that there’s a very close relationship between sleep and mental health. Suffering from a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep and poor sleep may have a negative impact on your mental health. If you have been diagnosed with clinical depression, you may be having trouble in getting sleep or staying asleep.

There is a very close link between lack of sleep and depression. In fact, one of the most common signs of depression is insomnia or an inability to fall and stay asleep.

Most of women find difficulty in sleeping when they are under menopause. Sleeplessness is considered as the 2nd most commonly reported menopause symptom. Although the exact cause for sleeplessness is tricky to identify the fact but there are some common menopausal symptoms and other factors are there those generally cause it.

Cause of Sleeplessness

There are several factors that disturb sleep during menopause transition. These include-

  • Fluctuating level of hormones

This is a main cause for many wrong things that happens during menopause, the hormones actually change your circadian balance; they hold when your body is completely awake or when it is at rest. Hormonal imbalance considered as the most common sleeplessness cause.

  • Sleep Disorders

Human body develops many sleep disorders. Sleep apnea and Insomnia, both of them can be related to changing levels of estrogen. It is advisable to consult your doctor who can examine your sleep disorder and can suggest you the better treatment.

  • Depression

Approximately 10% of the women in the United States reported feeling depressed during menopause. Feeling constantly sad and hopeless is the common symptom of depression. This clinical condition can affect an individual severely to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

  • Night Sweats

The common habits such as eating spicy food at night or drinking can trigger night sweats, it’s important to choose best lifestyle that allows you to get a good sleep. Although night sweats are often blamed for causing sleep problems in women, but they are not the only thing that can cause sleeplessness.

  • Anxiety

Psychological stress badly affects the quality of your life during menopause. Anxiety causes an individual to feel nervous, powerless, and insecure about the future.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

Nicotine and caffeine are famously known to rob your sleep. Alcohol can also disrupt your sleep patterns. Excess drinking of alcohol may cause you to pass out. Your doctor may prescribe some sleeping pills that can also help you sleep.

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