If you find yourself having a tough time falling asleep, tossing and turning in bed, or googling cat videos at 3 a.m., you might be experiencing insomnia. Insomnia is when a person has trouble sleeping even though they’re tired and want to go to bed. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the U.S., so you’re not alone. But if left untreated, insomnia can seriously affect your quality of life. While many factors often contribute to insomnia, changes in hormones during midlife are often overlooked.
During perimenopause, the production of estrogen and progesterone reduces dramatically. The fluctuation of these hormones can cause sleep disturbances. Hot flashes can also play a part in sleeping difficulties if you have them at night. Some women find themselves awake in the middle of the night drenched in sweat with a rush of adrenaline. This rapid change in temperature can be a significant disruptor to getting the expert-recommended seven hours of shut-eye.
The encouraging news is that a good night’s sleep isn’t impossible. Melatonin, an over-the-counter dietary supplement is available through Rory. This natural sleep aid is non-habit forming, non-addictive, and won’t leave you with that “hungover” feeling in the morning. In addition to this treatment, we have plenty of education on lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better. Learn more about Melatonin and find out if this plan is right for you.
Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD
Rory Clinical Director
Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD is double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology. Dr. Barnes is passionate about addressing the unique challenges and joys of women’s health. Dr. Barnes joined Rory to lead the clinical team, build the medical advisory board, and recruit the physicians that treat our members.