At this life stage, getting enough sleep can make all the difference in how you look and how you feel.
Sleep. I never gave it a second thought until I turned 51. Having reached peri-menopause, I wake most mornings at 3:30 am, my mind racing. Tired all the time, I searched for solutions from sleep masks, ear plugs and blackout shades to over-the-counter sleep aides like AdvilPM and natural products such as melatonin and magnesium. Sadly, nothing cured me of the sleepless nights. Most recently, I have given CBD edibles a try, but these too failed to deliver consistent, restful sleep. I still use them, but its not the holy grail for me.
Research suggests that sleep is when the magic happens. It's the time when the body repairs and heals itself. Not getting enough sleep is said to contribute to heart disease, illness and weight gain. It totally makes sense then that with more sleep, you have better concentration and focus.
So, you’re probably wondering, how's she solving the sleep dilemma? The good thing is there are articles out there with tips on how to get those coveted zzz’s. I liked this one which gave me some ideas I hadn’t contemplated and led me to seek out a naturopath who suggested supplements such as Gaba and Thiamine. These products were life changers. I now get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night and wake feeling refreshed. Also, I started working out daily, meditating and doing yoga. The combination of natural sleep supplements, exercise and meditation gives me the most restful sleep.
Bottom line, sleep doesn’t have to be elusive, but regaining it is a process. Not everything that works for me will work for you, but I can say, it’s worth a try to mix it up to find out what works best for you.