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Navigating the years of perimenopause and menopause - Sleeping

Navigating the years of perimenopause and menopause can feel like a rollercoaster ride, especially when sleep becomes elusive. Luckily there are lots of natural remedies that can help support your efforts to get a better sleep.  These can play a vital role in promoting better sleep during times of stress and hormonal change.  

If you are new to considering supplements to support your sleep, start with magnesium. This essential mineral plays a crucial role in regulating neurotransmitters involved in sleep and relaxation and a deficiency in this mineral often contributes to sleep problems.  Magnesium supplements come in various forms, look for magnesium citrate or magnesium glycinate to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

Amino acids are also important in providing a good night’s sleep.  Among these,                L-theanine is known for its calming effects. It works by increasing levels of neurotransmitters that promote relaxation, such as GABA and serotonin. Studies have shown that L-theanine supplementation can improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and promote feelings of relaxation.

The world of herbal medicine offers some great solutions for poor sleep, especially when night sweats and flushing is involved.  There are many herbal options here in multiple forms – tablets, capsules, tinctures and teas!  Start by sipping on chamomile tea after dinner but tinctures and tablets are much stronger.  Best to speak to a Medical Herbalist & Naturopath to get the best combination for you. 

Natural remedies to support your sleep will always be more effective when used in combination with lifestyle changes and good sleep hygiene.  And remember, when starting any supplementation, it's important to consult a healthcare professional to ensure safety and efficacy, especially considering individual health needs and existing medications.