Menopausal sleepiness explained

As menopause approaches, more and more people experience menopausal symptoms due to hormonal fluctuations.

At the same time, some people may feel sleepy during the day or feel that the quality of their sleep has decreased.

In this article, we will explain sleepiness due to menopause and hormonal imbalance in young women.

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I'm sleepy anyway. That drowsiness, maybe depression... Beware of depression, which is easily mistaken for menopausal symptoms!

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There are many menopausal women who are sleepy and suffer from daytime sleepiness. Women in their 40s and 50s, who are in menopause, often feel dissatisfied with the quality of their sleep. There is a report that it is the most common at 40% 1).

It is said that this daytime sleepiness often comes from "insomnia".

Insomnia will be one of the symptoms of menopause, but in fact, it is possible to be insomnia due to depression, not menopause, so you need to be careful. In addition, the symptoms of depression and menopause are similar and difficult to notice.

Besides insomnia, weight loss due to strong anxiety and loss of appetite are common symptoms of depression.

Hormone replacement therapy and Chinese herbal medicine are used for menopausal disorders, but psychiatric treatment may be necessary for depression. If you feel drowsy and unmotivated during the day, or if you don't feel like doing anything, don't think it's just menopausal symptoms, and consult a gynecologist or psychiatrist.

sleepiness due to menopause

Even if you don't have depression, sleepiness is common during menopause. Menopausal drowsiness is thought to be one of the causes of autonomic nervous system disturbances due to disturbances and declines in female hormones due to menopause, resulting in difficulty falling asleep and light sleep.

There are individual differences in the time it takes to get used to female hormone disturbances and sudden drops. However, menopause symptoms are said to subside around the age of 50.

In addition, about 70% of menopausal women are aware of the symptoms of "easily getting tired". You may feel drowsy because of this fatigue.

Drowsiness due to menstrual cycle

Also, even if you are not in menopause, women may feel strong sleepiness according to the menstrual cycle. Sleepiness before and during menstruation is said to be due to the influence of female hormones that fluctuate according to the menstrual cycle. Progesterone is said to be the cause, especially during the luteal phase, which occurs after ovulation and just before menstruation.

Progesterone (also known as luteinizing hormone) is a female hormone secreted after ovulation, and the period during which it is secreted is called the luteal phase. Progesterone has the effect of increasing the basal body temperature, and the luteal phase corresponds to the high basal body temperature, but it is said that the body temperature continues to be high, making it sleepy during the day.

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Introduction to daytime sleepiness.

If your symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, it is important to consult a clinic or consider seeing an obstetrician.

Insomnia due to menopausal symptoms may be improved by treating menopausal symptoms, such as coping methods such as hormones, Chinese medicine, and placenta injections.

Determining the cause is key to relieving symptoms.

If you don't know if your hormone balance is disturbed, we recommend trying the canvas test kit.

Check out the canvas inspection kit here .

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1) Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: 2015 National Health and Nutrition Survey Report, 2017