So… nobody said anything about insomnia as something to expect during menopause. Come to think of it nobody wants to talk about menopause in general because it’s not considered to be sexy, but it is a reality of life. Instead of acting like it’s not going to happen to each and every one of us women, I think sharing ways to get through it seems like a better approach.
Sleep has never been an issue for me but Just when I managed to get control the hot flashes and tame the unwanted chin hair, not sleeping through the night became a whole other challenge. I use to be able to knock out for 9 hours straight no problem but last year that all changed. I would wake up in the middle of the night too hot or too cold and not able to fall back asleep for hours. I tried everything short of sleeping pills and finally came up with a sleep routine that helps me get the full 8 hours I so desperately need to function as a contributing member of society.
A good night’s sleep is about more than not having bags under your eyes. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, lack of focus, increased risk of cardiovascular problems, and can also cause inflammation throughout the entire body. It’s so important to your overall wellness that if your not getting enough you may want to address it.
I’ve found that everything from sleep prep, sheets, sleepwear, essential oils and creating the right environment can all contribute to a solid night’s sleep. So, whether you are a woman of a certain age or just someone who struggles with getting 8 hours in general, I’m sharing my sleep routine to help you not only fall asleep but stay asleep so you catch all the zzz’s you need to stay healthy and happy.
Set a bedtime: Whatever time you go to bed be consistent with it. Over time your body will start to get into a groove and begin to start to prepare for sleep as that time approaches.
Sleep Prep: About an hour before bed start prepping yourself for sleep. Take this time for yourself to really unwind. For months now I have been using the sleep collection from Indie Lee and they really aid in the sleep process. I start with a nightly bath using the Sleep Soak and follow that up by moisturizing myself with the Sleep Body Oil. For those of you who are not a fan of a bath they also have a Sleep Body wash. This clean beauty collection consists of essential oils Lavandin, Lavender and Moroccan Chamomile to nourish while Patchouli and Vetiver ground. (Head to “Shop with Me” Page for discount code)
Magnesium: I’ve added magnesium to my nightly routine as well. In order to fall asleep and stay asleep your body and brain need to relax. Magnesium aids in the process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed. It also regulates melatonin which guides sleep-wake cycles in the body. There are numerous all natural magnesium sleep aids out there so choose one you are comfortable with but I have been using Natural Vitality for over a year now about an hour before bed.
Splurge on great sheets: There is nothing like sleeping on sheets that feel super yummy. I am obsessed with Brooklinen sheets, in particular the linen collection. They are a great quality for a reasonable price and wash and dry extremely well. If you are battling hot flashes and night sweats, try the linen or silk collection as both fibers naturally help to regulate your body temperature. (Head to “Shop with me” page for Discount)
Sleep in the Nude or Choose breathable sleepwear: If you are not a fan of sleeping in the nude, which honestly is the best way to keep your body temperature regulated, then be sure to sleep in fabrics that will work with the ebbs and flows of your body temperature. I am huge fan of Lunya and their sleep and lunge wear. Whether you choose the silk pajamas which come in extended sizing or the oh so soft and yummy pima cotton you can’t go wrong. (Head to “Shop with Me” page for discount)
Mist your pillows with essential oils: Again, I defer to Indie Lee for their pillow mist. Made with the same grounding essential oils as the body soak and oil a quick spritz on the pillow makes your ritual complete promoting and aura of peace and tranquility. (Head to ‘Shop with Me” page for discount code)