A compassionate approach to poor sleep during the perimenopause

Many women going through the perimenopause (or menopausal transition) experience disturbed sleep. It’s one, if not the, core symptom of this period. According to research, up to 60% of menopausal women suffer from poor sleep – which also has a knock-on effect on their family, work and social lives. 

Adopting a compassionate attitude, i.e. taking a moment to respectfully observe yourself struggling with the aim to support yourself, can help to alleviate poor sleep and its daytime consequences.

Sleep is naturally green

Sustainability and sleep – at a first glance it might not be obvious whether there’s a connection between the two. But on reflection, I think there is one. In fact, there are four specific links I can see.  

Recap: Why sleep matters to you

Sleep is the foundation your physical and mental health rest on. Or rather it is healthy sleep – sleep of adequate duration and quality – that supports your health and wellbeing. It plays an active role in enabling your body and mind to function so that you can excel in all areas of life. 

Good leaders sleep well

Enlightened leaders know a great day starts the night before, not from the buzz of that first cup of coffee or tea. However, while caffeine may get you up and moving, especially on cold, dark mornings, it takes a good night’s sleep to properly fire up cognitive functions such as problem-solving and creative thinking. Good sleep is also essential for physical health, as well as for regulating emotions and maintaining resilience in the workplace. Key qualities of any effective and respected boss. 

Women do it differently

While sleep is usually fine during the first half of the cycle, many women feel more tired during the latter half of their menstrual cycle as a result of sleep disturbances. And with that the risk of developing anxiety and depression increases, too. Compared to men, women are more vulnerable to the emotional effects of poor sleep, and can experience more anxiety the day after. So what’s driving these sleep problems? 

Don’t wait for holiday. Start recovering now! Here is how.

Recovery happens as part of sleep but also during the day. Here I share tips on how to recover while being awake.

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Sleep Sense

Using my academic knowledge and experience as a sleep practitioner, I decided to write a book taking the reader through the science of sleep and why it is important for every single one of us, irrespective whether you are a short or long sleeper. My aim is to empower you, the reader, to take steps that are right for you to sleep well.

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Lying awake feeling alone and frustrated with how sleep continues to escape you... sound familiar? You're not alone in feeling like this and loneliness and isolation can actually impact your sleep, creating an unpleasant cycle, but not an impossible one to break. You can see what I mean above, and to understand this further, I have shared an article on the Somnia site focusing on the relationship between poor sleep and loneliness and isolation. #sleep #sleeptherapy #sleepwell #sleeptips #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #socialconnections #socialisolation #loneliness #lonelinessandisolation #lonelinessandmentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less

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