Insomnia, or a lack of sleep has been known to be suffered by women reaching and undergoing menopause. Often doctors will prescribe tablets to help us sleep, or offer us some kind of therapy to manage our sleeping patterns. From experience, I cannot say I have ever enjoyed the feeling of grogginess after taking sleeping pills and I personally would prefer not to take tablets if there may be another solution to help me sleep.
Well now, there may be a drug-free solution, one that will help you sleep and also improve your overall wellbeing… Yoga. A recent study has found that after a 12 week course of yoga classes, women were more likely to sleep through the night and cope better with menopause symptoms. This experiment was carried out on 249 women who all took Omega oil supplements whilst taking part in their new exercise regimes. It is said that after 12 weeks, you are less likely to suffer from insomnia and depression and that your quality of sleep will also be improved. Read more about the findings by clicking the link below:
If you have trouble sleeping, we also recommend you try a few home remedies to see if it makes a difference. A few things you can try include:
– Have a relaxing bath before bed time, ensure that the temperature is not too hot as this can worsen hot flushes. Try lavender bath salts as lavender is a natural relaxer.
– Buy a lavender pillow mist, as lavender has relaxing qualities and is great for helping you to wind down after a busy day.
– Try a warm oat drink (you can also use soya milk if you do not wish to drink dairy) as you are more likely to sleep on a fuller stomach. As a rule it is not great to eat after 7pm, so a hot drink will be sufficient in helping you feel relaxed.
– Read a book – a real one. It has been said (though I have no evidence, just thought I would share it with you) that when using a device such as a computer, it stimulates your brain and can take hours for you to turn off after using the device. Therefore, read a paperback to make your eyes tired, and hopefully you will drift off more easily, save your tablet for when your on the go and give the old paper versions a chance to prove their worth!
– Try and get into a routine before bed, and make sure this includes setting aside time to wind down and relax, as you are far more likely to receive higher quality sleep if your body has started to slow down earlier in the evening.
– Use a humidifier, as this may help to regulate the air in your bedroom, making you less hot and your breathing easier.
We hope you find these tools useful and that you have great success in your new yoga class, soon you will be a master of relaxation.