During peri/menopause, sleep can become a major area of focus. Whether it’s affected due to anxiety, night sweats, joint pain or anything else, it can become all consuming in terms of how it affects everyday life. This blog post aims to dispel some of the myths associated with sleep and change the way you view your sleep to hopefully improve your experience.
It is also normal to wake up several times a night. There is very little evidence that links occasional sleep disturbance with becoming ill. Your body just naturally catches up in the following days.
- underestimate how much sleep we get
- overestimate the time it takes to get to sleep
The research also tells us however, that if we are aware that we make these judgements, we do tend to worry less and sleep better.
Why is it so hard to judge your sleep quality?
The last reason is worry. When you worry, your mind races, lots of thoughts buzz around your head. When you’re feeling like this, time seems to pass more quickly. That means that lying there worrying for 30 minutes can feel like twice as long!
What can I do improve sleep disruption?
- Address lifestyle & environmental factors
- Stimulus control (phones, TV etc.)
- Develop a good bedtime wind-down routine
- Consistent sleep scheduling
- Good management of daytime tiredness