Had Enough Sleepless Nights? Get Sleep Secrets For Midlife

Apr 17, 2024



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Has sleep been your friend or foe since you hit your perimenopause and menopause years? Maybe you’ve struggled since childhood, or maybe this is a whole new symptom that is messing with you.


I wish I had a magic pill that would give you a solid eight hours every night—shoot, if I did, I’d be the first in line to swallow it! But while you may not find answers right away, there are reasons why you need to keep trying to get more sleep in midlife and ways to support your body during this time.


Sleep can hold the key to not only feeling rejuvenated but also to weight management, hormonal balance, and overall well-being.

Why is Sleep Important?

Midlife introduces many challenges, including sleep, which is primarily driven by hormonal changes. As estrogen levels decline, sleep disturbances become more prevalent, leading to midnight awakenings, racing thoughts, and hormonal imbalances.


Cortisol spikes and blood sugar fluctuations further exacerbate sleep issues, making it difficult to achieve restful sleep. 


When estrogen leaves, its role in promoting sleep becomes increasingly apparent as it diminishes, underscoring the importance of hormonal balance in sleep regulation.

Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Weight and Health

Sleep deprivation doesn't just leave us feeling groggy; it significantly impacts our weight and overall health. Elevated cortisol levels, muscle loss, and disrupted metabolism contribute to weight gain and hinder weight loss efforts, particularly around the abdomen.


Studies show the detrimental effects of inadequate sleep on fat loss and muscle preservation. And our ability to recognize hunger and full signals is diminished. 


Sleep-deprived individuals tend to lose muscle mass while storing excess fat, amplifying the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.


The lack of sleep increases waist circumference, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Journey to Better Sleep: Practical Strategies

Improving sleep quality is a journey that requires patience and dedication.


Establishing a consistent sleep routine and optimizing your sleep environment is crucial to promoting restful sleep. 


If your goal is to lose weight, then getting quality sleep is paramount. 


Late nights and little sleep increase your cortisol levels, which tells your body to pack on the pounds. 

Midlife is a time to focus on caring for your body, supporting your hormones, and making quality choices with your time.


When you don’t get the needed sleep, your body cannot restore and keep resiliency.


Here are some simple ways to support your body as you work towards better quantity and quality of sleep after 40.

  • Take a hot shower or bath prior to getting in bed.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark room.
  • Begin your waking hours with sunshine.
  • Incorporate deep breathing at waking.
  • Avoid exposure to blue light (phones, computers, tablets) 2-3 hours before bedtime.
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Take melatonin or CBD to enhance sleep quality
  • Keep a sleep diary to track patterns and identify areas for improvement


Be patient with this process. You won’t see immediate results, but over time, your body will respond and let you know what is working to help you rest at night.


Hormone Replacement Therapy and Sleep Support

For women in perimenopause struggling with sleep issues, hormone replacement therapy, particularly progesterone supplementation, can be a game-changer. 


Bioidentical progesterone helps restore hormonal balance and improves sleep quality, especially in midlife.


Talk to your practitioner about options for taking progesterone and finding your best level to maximize its benefits.



Be Kind to Yourself 

Embrace self-compassion and recognize the limitations your body is experiencing during this season in midlife. 


Restorative practices, such as gentle exercise, meditation, or relaxation techniques, are pivotal in replenishing energy levels and promoting restful sleep.


Prioritizing self-care and listening to your body's cues are essential for optimal sleep and overall wellness. 


By nurturing yourself and embracing a restorative approach to wellness, you can unlock the secrets of better sleep and thrive in midlife and beyond.

Sleep holds immense power in shaping our health, vitality, and overall quality of life, especially as we navigate the complexities of midlife and beyond.


By understanding the impact of hormonal changes, implementing practical strategies, and embracing self-compassion, you can nurture your body and awaken to a brighter, more energized tomorrow.


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