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Menopausal Insomnia and Ayurveda: A Meraki Healing Touch

Each stage of a woman’s life is delightful and should be regarded as such. From the moment she is born, to the time she enters adolescence, which prepares her for motherhood, to the time she enters menopause! Perimenopause and menopause are the two transitional phases from the life of a woman to her death. In these 12-18 years, your lifestyle takes a complete U-turn in most cases. 

 

What is this Menopause’?

Menopause is a natural transition, for some more challenging than others. Menopause is derived from the Greek words ‘Menos’ (month) and ‘Pausis’ (age or cessation). The time period before a woman enters menopause is called peri-menopause and the time the menses stops completely is menopause. The peri-stage begins 10 years prior to the occurrence of menstruation cessation. Peri-menopause is a natural part of ageing when an ovary gradually runs out of eggs. The reproductive system in many women may experience hormone imbalance. This stage can last from 2 to 11 years, which a lot depends on several factors:

When periods stop permanently, menopause occurs. That transition can cause uncomfortable changes. Hot flashes, sleep disturbances and mood swings can disrupt daily life and be inconvenient, to say the least – more seriously, they can cause irritability or depression. There are different therapies that can help treat these symptoms including cannabis-based products which contain cannabidiol (CBD), to attain that Mini-pause in your sleeping hours! Other than alleviating certain symptoms associated with menopause, cannabis is also known to help induce sleep and prevent migraines.

 

How does Meno-pause affect the Sleep-Pause?

Worry, anxiety, and being woken up in the middle of the night by night sweats are all common perimenopause sleep disruptors. Snoring and sleep apnoea appear to be more of a problem after menopause than before. 

  • As you approach menopause, your levels of oestrogen and progesterone may drop, affecting your mood and mindset. 
  • Melatonin secretion is influenced in part by oestrogen and progesterone, and levels fall during perimenopause, compounding the problem.
  • Stress, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalance, pain, and even a new baby in the house are just add-on to the situation.

What early warning signals should you look for before things become worse?

It’s not uncommon for women going through menopause to have trouble sleeping. Now, we’re dealing with a real issue. Examine the various types of sleep disturbances that can cause you to miss out on your 7-hour sleep;

  • Difficulty falling asleep 
  • Difficulty staying asleep 
  • Getting up early in the morning
  • Total sleep time is reduced.
  • The overall sleep quality (non-restorative)
  • Problems with a sense of well-being 
  • Problems with the overall performance
  • During the day, you may feel sleepy or tired.

Let’s clear the clutter between Ayurveda and Sleep!

So, how this Ayurveda-based regimen is a Meraki approach for menopausal women who are craving healthy good night’s sleep.

Deep sleep is a prerequisite for physical and mental relaxation and regeneration. Deep sleep is not only important for a stronger immune system, but it is also necessary in order to keep the hormonal balance in the body. The menstrual cycle is a part of a woman’s life, however, it is not the sign of an illness. Menopause is a natural process of ageing, but it might be accompanied by some unpleasant symptoms, such as hot flashes or excessive sweating, it is especially hard to deal with insomnia. In fact, insomnia is often connected with hot flashes during the menopause period. However, Ayurveda gives a variety of recommendations for insomnia during the menopause period, so it is worth looking at them.

According to Ayurveda, insomnia during menopause is a lot about vata, the natural energy of movement. Menopause involves hormonal changes and shifts in the body’s physiological balance, which can make a woman feel more prone to anxiety and stress. 

  1. The first thing to do is to consult an Ayurvedic physician who can recommend things that can help balance the energy of the body. 
  2. Include Triphala powder in your dietary regimen. Mix 1 tbsp of Triphala powder in a glass of normal water. Stir it. Leave it covered for 10-15 minutes. Drink this water empty stomach in the morning daily.
  3. Hormonal changes during menopause can also cause changes in sleep patterns. Ayurveda recommends practising yoga, breathing techniques and meditating to create calm in the mind. 
  4. Practice Gyan mudra daily before sleeping at night. You can do this, by washing your feet before sleeping. What you have to do is, take cold water if the weather is summery hot and lukewarm water, in cold weather: in a tub. Add 1 tbsp of Epsom salt and mix it. Now dip your clean feet in this tub for about 10-15 minutes. While doing this, perform Gyan mudra also. 
  5. It is also recommended to practice yoga during menopause because yoga can help a woman to balance her hormones and reduce her anxiety, stress and depression. For example, the poses of Bhekasana, Viparita Karani, Pavanmuktasana, and Swastikasana helps a lot.

Nutshell

There are many reasons why women suffer from sleep problems and insomnia. They may have underlying medical conditions, may be suffering from a mental health problem, or even just may not be getting the right amount of sleep for their age. Regardless, insomnia can have a severe impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Ayurveda can prove a sure-shot miracle approach to dealing with insomnia- the Natual way! If you are currently suffering from insomnia or any other sleep disorder, Adopting Ayurveda is a safe option that you should try. 

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