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
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.