insomnia

by Emma
(UK)

Five years ago at age 45 I started waking 1am, 3am and 5am. No hot flashes and no other symptoms. Then last Feb I lost ability to fall asleep at all. Was put on zopiclone which I was on for 6 months.

Since stopping I realise that 2 days before bleed I can't sleep at all and on day 3 I can sleep well but rest of the month I cannot sleep at all and use supplements or anti histamoins. My periods are now regular again.

Does this sound like low progesterone? GP test say levels all normal. Tried HRT 3 years ago and nothing happened.

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Apr 26, 2021
Insomnia
by: Joy

Hi Emma

Sadly all sorts of adverse symptoms take place once a female enters Peri-Menopause. Insomnia is one of them.  It also affected me terribly.  I used to survive on 2 hours of sleep a night and felt like a zombie.  I tried all sorts of drugs and sleeping pills which I am against but I was desperate, nothing worked. Zopiclone comes with side effects so I am pleased that you stopped taking it. Progesterone is a calming hormone and will help with mild insomnia, but you sound like I was, it's dreadful.  I needed more than progesterone. Also remember that peri-menopause will cause irregular bleeding too, so do bear that in mind.

If you are not supplementing with progesterone then your level would be low, with high estrogen levels causing Estrogen Dominance. What helped me, and perhaps you can try it too is vitamin D3, it is vital for every one.  The co-factors are equally important and are also recommended to help fight covid see here and here. I also bath every night in Epsom Salts, a cup with a little lavender oil.  Epsom salts is another great form of magnesium which is needed. It relaxes me, draws out toxins and certainly helps with my sleep.  Perhaps it will help you to. 

If you are going to use progesterone, please use a good quality one such as Natpro which is a 3% cream and extremely effective if used correctly.  Between 100-200mg per day is needed, more if symptoms are severe.  Use half the amount in the morning and the other half at night.  It is also excellent when inserted in the vagina at night, it absorbs well and helps with dryness.  Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page.

Good luck.  

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