Menopause is the time at which a woman losses her menstrual cycle due to stop in production of hormones like estrogenic and progesterone in ovaries. The average age of menopause is 45 to 50 years. It can be earlier or later varies accordingly from women to women.
Menopause affects the mood and sleeping of a woman.
Scientists had a long research to figure out whether ageing triggers menopause or menopause causes ageing. New research finds that the latter is correct. When a woman enters menopause ageing fastens. Scientists say that menopause alongside insomnia speeds up cellular ageing and increase the risk of age related diseases and earlier death.
In a research, scientists tracked methylation which is linked with ageing to analyse DNA samples of about 3100 women. The researchers measured the biological age of cells from blood samples, saliva and cheek. Then scientists explore that menopause speeds up cellular ageing by 6% and Insomnia increases biological ageing by 2 years. Menopause along with insomnia influences the rate at which a woman’s biological clock ticks.
The younger the woman enters menopause the faster her blood ages.
The hormonal changes due to menopause in turn create sleeping disruption affecting sleeping quality and duration in some menopausal women. They wake up several times in night, can’t get back to sleep and get sometimes night sweats. These sleeping problems lead to fatness, tiredness and cause ageing.
Lowering of estrogen and in some cases the rise or fall of cortisol causes night sweats because cortisol is lower at night and melatonin is higher. Sleeping quality also influenced by fall in progesterone, the hormone falls you sleep.
The post menopausal women who have symptoms of insomnia are biologically prone to aging early in comparison to who don’t have any insomnia symptoms.
Tips to have a better sleep:
- Avoid high crab foods, alcohol, caffeine
- Sleep in a well-ventilated, quiet and cool room.
- Music, meditation and bath before sleep may also help to fall asleep.
- Try to be relaxed and out of any stress.