For women transitioning into menopause, sleep problems are often par for the course. In fact, approximately 61% of women who are postmenopausal experience frequent bouts of insomnia.
During perimenopause, your ovaries begin producing lower amounts of key hormones. This includes estrogen and progesterone. As these hormone levels fall, symptoms of menopause surge. One such symptom is insomnia.
Insomnia is a disorder that prevents you from getting adequate sleep. This may mean that you have a difficult time falling asleep. It can also mean that once you do fall asleep, you have a hard time staying asleep.
Your hormone levels decrease during menopause. This can trigger a number of changes in your lifestyle, particularly in your sleeping habits as our sleep-producing hormones decrease. While your body copes with these dwindling hormone levels, you may find it harder to fall asleep and more difficult to stay asleep.