Menopause and Insomnia: A Solution

by Laura Ramirez on September 1, 2011

Menopause and insomnia can be a lethal combination. In fact when menopause symptoms include the inability to fall asleep or sleep throughout the night, it can adversely affect every area of your life. At a time when most women desperately need regular and restful sleep, they may be unable to get it due to problems falling asleep, staying asleep or being awakened throughout the night by hot flashes.

Women need to understand that a regular sleep cycle establishes the rhythms by which our bodies function, how well it heals and rejuvenates itself and provides the energy that we need to get through the day. Chronic lack of sleep affects physical health, immunity, mood, psychological health and the ability to handle all the stressors, big and small, that are thrown our way. Never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep, especially, when you are already going through the very stressful transition that is menopause.ᅠ

Now a new study shows that Valerian can help menopausal women restore their sleep cycle. Here’s an excerpt from a recent article about the study:

This most recent study published in the journal Menopause had found that the herb Valerian improves sleep quality in those women with menopause who are experiencing insomnia.

Valerian has been used since the second century A.D. and become very popular in Europe during the 17th century as a treatment foreasing insomnia, anxiety and nervous restlessness. The FDA lists valerian as “Generally Recognized Safe”.

For the study researchers had randomly assigned 100 postmenopausal women with insomnia to take either two valerian capsules or inactive placebo capsules each day for one month.

Valerian did demonstrate the ability to improve the quality of sleep. This also adds to reported effectiveness of valerian in the clinical management of insomnia.

The study had revealed 30% who had taken the valerian capsules had reported improved sleep quality that included factors such as time falling asleep and how often they wake up during the night.

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Menopause and insomnia can be relieved with Valerian and other vitamins and minerals.

The best way to take Valerian is as part of a formulation that contains vitamins and minerals that help support the herb in reducing anxiety, promoting a healthy nervous system and relaxation in order to fall and stay asleep. This menopause and insomnia formulation has been recommended by a number of our subscribers. Valerian has no side effects although it does have a paradoxical effect on some women. The only way to find out if it works for you is to give it a try.

How about you? Do you have issues with menopause and sleep? What have you tried that works? Are you using Valerian and if so, share how it has helped. Do you have any night time sleep rituals that might be of value to others? Please share your thoughts and tips.

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