About 40 to 50 percent of women experience insomnia before and after menopause. Add hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue into the mix, and riding out “the change” can be tough.
Recent reviews suggest that acupuncture and isoflavones (plant-derived compounds that function like estrogen) may be effective as alternative treatments for menopausal insomnia and hot flashes.
“I’m on Day 4 of SRT and it isn’t going well,” Jenny wrote recently. “I finally had an appointment with a sleep therapist last week. He talked to me about SRT and gave me a 7-hour sleep window, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. My usual bedtime is 9:30 so I had some apprehensions. But I started 4 days ago.
“Since then I haven’t slept more than 3 hours a night. It’s really hard for me to stay up till 11, and then when I get in bed I’m wide awake! In the morning I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open! Is this normal? I’m afraid I may be a treatment failure. Any advice?”