Dr Oz: Menopause Sleep Sabotagers: Melatonin & Thyroid Hormones

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Dr Oz: Menopause Sleep Sabotagers: Melatonin & Thyroid Hormones

By on December 22, 2010

Dr Oz did a segment on how to get a good night’s sleep with the Dr Oz Insomnia Clinic, which gave practical and effective tips for getting a good nights sleep during Perimenopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause, because sleep problems increase as you age.  Doctor Oz said that many people think they are not sleeping well because of stress, but it may be because of your hormones.  Half of American women who never had sleeping problems in their 20’s or 30’s all of a sudden start to get sleeping problems during Perimenopause and Menopause because of the hormonal shifts.  Plus, when you are going through Menopause, 80% of women get hot flashes so badly that they can wake you up.  Are your hormones keeping you up?  Here is what Dr Oz and Carol Ash had to say about changes in hormones causing sleep problems.

Dr Oz: Insomnia Clinic Quiz

Count how many times you answer yes to the following questions:Dr Oz Menopause Pillow

1.  Most days, do you feel tired or foggy?

49% of Dr Oz’s audience answered yes to this question.

2.  Do you experience frequent mood swings?

43% of Dr Oz’s audience said that this describes them.

3.  Do you snore loudly, have pauses in breathing or wake-up gasping?

27% of Dr Oz’s audience have this problem.

Lets do a quick poll and see how many of you answer yes to any of the above questions.  Please leave a comment below with your results!

Dr Oz said that if you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you could have insomnia from hormonal issues.

Dr Oz: Melatonin – Perimenopause Sleep Sabotager

Dr Oz said that the first hormonal cycle that causes you to lose sleep is Perimenopause and the Melatonin could be causing the trouble for you here.  Melatonin helps you to fall asleep at night, and this declines over the years and even can dip during Menstrual Cycles.  So what can you do if you have this problem?  Carol Ash recommended the following to boost your Melatonin.

Dr Oz: Melatonin Supplements & Melatonin Rich Foods

You can eat Melatonin-Rich Foods like oatmeal and brown rice.  Or you can take Melatonin Supplements, but Carol Ash said to make sure that you just take 0.5 mg of Melatonin Supplements about 2.5 hours before going to bed, because timing and dosage are crucial with Melatonin.

Dr Oz: Menopause Sleep Sabotager – Estrogen & Progesterone

Dr Oz said that the second hormonal cycle that causes you to lose sleep is Menopause and the fluctuations in Estrogen and Progesterone can cause you trouble during this stage.  In fact, if you have problems maintaining sleep, that could be one of the first warning signs that you are approaching menopause.

Dr Oz: Black Cohosh Supplements for Menopause

Dr Oz said that Black Cohosh Supplements are good for women in Menopause who are struggling with sleep.  Some other ideas, especially if you have hot flashes, are to try wearing light pajamas and to use moisture wicking sheets on your bed.  Also, you can help with the hot flashes by making sure that your diet is low in fat, high in fiber and full of plant based foods.

Dr Oz: Thyroid Hormones – Post-Menopause Sleep Sabotager

Up to 10% of women in Post-Menopause have Hypothyroidism.  Dr Oz said that Thyroid Hormones can be responsible for weight gain, sleep apnea, snoring and sleep issues.  If you look at the back of your throat, there is a small gap where the air passes through as you sleep at night.  But if your Thyroid Hormones are incorrect, then you can get swelling in your tongue and in the back of your throat that can give you sleep apnea-like symptoms.

Dr Oz: Side Sleep Pillow for Post-Menopause

Dr Oz demonstrated how to use a Side Sleep Pillow, which tilts your chin like they do in CPR and this keeps your tongue away from the back of your throat.  You can also try a diet and exercise to lose weight or you can get a C-Pap machine from a Sleep Specialist if  you have Sleep Apnea.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Menopause Sleep Sabotagers: Melatonin & Thyroid Hormones

  1. Menopause is the time when women lose fertility. So it is a very difficult period for them. This brings changes to their life. Thus they start to believe that they are getting older very quickly. Due to menopause, they experience some common effects. They also worry about these issues. As a result they suffer from insomnia. Hopefully this problem can be solved. This is also treated as a common side effect of menopause.

    Women feel a lot of grief in this period. They suffer from depression too. So they cannot sleep well at night and always worry about this. Physical symptoms, caused by menopause, are also responsible for this problem. Interruption while sleeping becomes disgusting and boring. However trying to take some steps to prevent these problems can help them. This attempt helps them to compare notes with other women who are also experiencing this problem.

    Insomnia can easily destroy the defense system of the body. As a result, virus, bacteria etc can easily attack the body. Getting sick become common phenomenon. It causes not only sickness, but also reduces thinking speed and productivity. In this time driving is not recommended, because women fall asleep easily. In order to avoid accident, they must be careful when they are affected by insomnia. Driving while drunk is similar to driving while tired. It is a serious problem. To avoid, this problem it is better to get a sleep remedy. Medication and natural, both types of sleep remedy are available. But it is better to use a natural remedy. One of the reasons is that natural remedies help to prevent insomnia as well as other symptoms that are caused by menopause. Another reason is that menopause insomnia is a natural problem. Nature is also enriched with remedies to cure these problems.

    There are some ways that help women to feel and sleep better. They should think about changing habits. They should eat healthy food because it is problem for health issues. Vegetables and fruits are very good for them. They should eat them regularly. Thus improving their diet will help them. Processed foods are not suitable for them. Avoiding these foods is a good idea.

    Women should not eat all the time. They must not eat before going to bed. This can cause interrupted sleeping. They can maintain a note of what they are eating in their daily life. They are allowed to have herbal tea and milk before bed.

    Physical exercise is very important. To lead a healthy life no one should deny physical exercise. Doing physical exercise is not hard. Women should do physical exercise by walking, riding on bike etc. They should make a plan and spend a little time for physical exercise.

    Most importantly, women have a lot of scope to improve their daily life to prevent insomnia. They will find new dimension by analyzing their daily life. If they can detect faults that go against the condition of keeping good health, they can avoid them easily. A little change of their life can bring happiness while reducing insomnia.

    There is no need to take drug or pill to sleep with insomnia. “Natural Sleep Made Simple” can help them in this case. Trying to sleep naturally is the best for women, nothing else is needed.

  2. I have been in the begining stages of menopause and some days I’m nauseas and some vomiting because of being so nauseas what can i do? I have also been on a low carb diet since may 2011 and recently I haven’t been able to lose any weight in the past two months, what can I do to get back to losing the weight/

  3. Mary Djordjevich says:

    I am 58 years old , just started taking 1500 mg of l-tryptophan what is you opinion of this supplement for sleep disorders? I believe I am post menopausal.

  4. why is it that melatonin isnot good for you

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