If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, if you find yourself lying awake at night, tossing and turning, losing sleep because you worry about not falling asleep, you’re not alone.
Juggling work and family, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. But among women over forty, the stress of modern lifestyle isn’t the main cause of sleep disturbances.
The main cause is hormonal. In your forties, estrogen levels start to gradually decline. Estrogen is the female sex hormone that affects the sleep cycle. Beyond its effect on sleep quality, the decline in estrogen levels is also linked to emotional phenomena such as mood swings and susceptibility to stress and pressure, all of which can lead to sleep disturbances.
The link between sleep and mood works in both directions: not only does mood affect the sleep quality, but sleep quality can also affect your mood and ability to cope with stress.
There are simple steps you can take to getting a good night’s sleep. The first is becoming aware of the link to hormonal changes in this transitional period.