Sleeplessness and Middle Aged Women: Why Women Over 40 Suffer More

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Menopause and Insomnia: Why Women Over 40 Suffer More

If you are a woman entering 40s, you probably have a lot on your mind. Certain health risks increase as you age, certain medical tests are on your radar once you leave your 30s, you’re nearing the end of your reproductive years, and don’t even get us started on the gray hair and wrinkles that never used to be a problem. But what about your sleep? Recent studies show that menopause and insomnia, and insomnia in women over 40, is a real problem.

So now not only will you be getting older, but you’ll also be sleeping less, which won’t help in the wrinkles department. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.

Menopausal Women are More Likely to Sleep Less

A report analyzing data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey found that of the women surveyed, “perimenopausal women (56.0%) were more likely than postmenopausal (40.5%) and premenopausal (32.5%) women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.” And the poor sleep habits don’t stop when menopause ends. Data findings show that “postmenopausal women aged 40-59 (55.1%) were more likely than premenopausal women aged 40-59 (47.0%) to not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week.”

So why might this happen? What is it about menopause that leads women to suffer sleepless nights, trouble falling asleep, and general lack of rest?

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