When was the last time you slept all night waking up refreshed and ready for your busy day ahead? Can you remember? Sleep research consistently states that we all need between 7-8 hours of deep, restful sleep each night.
We all know how beneficial it is to our health to get a good night’s sleep. But for those of you going into peri-menopause and into your post-menopause years, if you aren’t sleeping all night, then day-after-day can become a struggle.
Nearly every single woman who comes on to the MyMT programmes states on her screening form that she has disrupted sleep. Between 4-6 hours a night is a good night! But a word of caution – if you are busy and on the go all day, 4-6 hours a night isn’t enough to recover from your day-to-day activities.
As the lack of sleep begins to accumulate, so too does the brain fog, mid-afternoon fatigue and cravings for sugar. Many of you may start to acquire joint and muscle pain too, because as the sleep-deprivation continues, inflammation throughout your body develops.
Lack of sleep also leads to poor recovery from exercise. Like an over-trained athlete, our heart rate increases and so too does our blood pressure. In fact, not sleeping well and not recovering from exercise can see you on the slippery slope to adrenal fatigue.
We’ve already discovered that, for so many of our mother’s generation, not sleeping for months and sometimes years, is the starting point for changing health, especially inflammation and heart disease.
* Voigt-Zuwala, R. et al. (2016). Circadian Rhythm and the Gut Microbiome. Int. Review of Neurobiology, 131.
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