In the previous post, we talked about the link between your blood glucose levels and perimenopause. In this post, we will be talking about perimenopause and the importance of quality sleep.
- Low amounts or poor quality of sleep increases cortisol, inflammation & oxidative stress and these all raise glucose levels, and decrease insulin sensitivity. Sleep is also when our bodies repair and grow, so poor sleep = slower healing, lower mood & brain fog, etc.
- Low estrogen levels typically cause insomnia, because estrogen helps move magnesium into tissues. Magnesium is crucial for muscle relaxation and melatonin production.
- One of the best ways to rid yourself of anxiety and a busy mind is to do a brain dump before bed – grab a journal and write out about what’s challenging you, your worries, your problems. Then give yourself permission to rest – these issues will be there in the morning, but you need adequate sleep to be able to tackle these challenges
- It is also important to have non-sleep deep rest – you can rest without sleeping, but switch off your devices, rest close to nature if you can and let your body rest – it deserves it!