At certain stages of their lives, women suffer from insomnia more often than men.

The physical and hormonal changes, anxiety and depression, make women a particularly easy target for sleep disorders. In recent years, the latest findings regarding sleep and women disorders have been analyzed, with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of sleep care to prevent deterioration of quality of life, increased accidents and increased cardiovascular risk.

Risk Factors

Although insomnia is the most common disorder among the general population, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from insomnia. These differences seem to be accentuated with age so that those over 65 have higher insomnia rates. Thus, while its prevalence in premenopausal women is around 33 to 36 percent, it increases to around 41 to 61 percent in postmenopausal women, mainly due to an increasing tendency to anxiety, depression or mood disorders, and primary sleep disorders such as apnea, a pathology that causes a collapse of the airflow to the lungs that sometimes triggers the decrease in oxygen levels.

Pregnancy is one of the periods of a woman’s life in which sleep disorders are accentuated, largely caused by physiological changes such as abdominal distension, fetal movements, vomiting, which increase nighttime awakenings and reduce sleep effectiveness. In fact, up to 70 percent of pregnant women have some sleep disorder or difficulty, mainly insomnia or excessive sleepiness.

Menopause is another of the key moments in women, where there are significant hormonal changes that result in physical, physiological and psychological changes that favor the appearance of disorders or difficulties in sleep. In addition to the increase in insomnia in this life span, hormonal changes may cause an increase in the likelihood of suffering from sleep apnea, which is usually more frequent in men.

How to Treat Insomnia

Some natural ways of helping treat and prevent insomnia are:

  • Do exercise daily
  • Avoid coffee, energy drinks, and sugary drinks or food several hours before going to bed
  • Drink chamomile or linden tea
  • Ear pistachios (pistachios have the highest amount of melatonin in any food, so eating just two of them can help you regulate sleep)

We recommend taking Titulus Somno or Calms Forte once every night to help regulate mood and sleep. If your insomnia is tied with menopause symptoms, we recommend taking Black Cohosh three times a day to help regulate and alleviate some other symptoms of menopause.

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