008: Why Can’t You Sleep?

Sleep challenges during menopause

Welcome to Episode #008

Insomnia During Menopause

Sleep is a precious thing women chase during perimenopause and menopause.  On many nights we just can’t catch it!

Between the hot flashes, night sweats, and “mind chatter”, many times, the restful and restorative sleep that your body requires is elusive. Let’s not sugarcoat it here, it is a huge problem for women during this time in our lives!

Perimenopause and menopause pose one of the greatest challenges in a woman’s lifetime.  Hormonal shifts throw almost every system in your body new and changing dynamics.  These changes, in turn, trigger new biological scenarios which may lead to insomnia.

In this episode, we discuss insomnia during menopause and other related topics.

  • Here’s a short list:
    • Sleep disruption – why it happens
    • Hormonal shifts – what’s going on?
    • How cortisol and melatonin work together
    • Our top tips for getting your ZZZs (thoughts on napping, your mattress, technology, exercise, and more)
    • Keeping “your calm” throughout the day

Plus many other useful tidbits…

Other resources mentioned in this episode

For additional background and information on perimenopause and menopause, we recommend you check out these podcasts:

Episode 001 – Menopause 101, The Big Picture (FREE RESOURCE AVAILABLE)
Episode 002 – Major vs. Minor Hormones, What’s the Difference (FREE RESOURCE AVAILABLE)

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Cortisol Pro – The Stress Hormone Stabilizer
Cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone, ” is produced by the adrenal cortex in response to signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, as part of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Cortisol is perhaps the most important hormone involved in the adaptation process.

Cortisol Pro has been formulated with stress-reducing ingredients and botanicals to promote relaxation, help alleviate fatigue, and support healthy cortisol levels.* By balancing cortisol levels, Cortisol Pro can help reduce stress, which supports a restful nights sleep without diminishing daytime alertness.* Cortisol Pro is formulated with:

  • Ashwagandha (Sensoril brand)
  • L-theanine
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Magnolia
  • Epimedium


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