|Insomnia affects up to 40 percent of American adults and for women going through menopause, a drop in hormones, especially estrogen, can exacerbate sleeplessness, according to hormone expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Ahlgrimm explains that one of the first symptoms of the decline in estrogen is sleep disturbance. Estrogen affects the metabolic processes in the brain and promotes deep sleep as well as the so-called REM periods in which we dream and process experiences.|
The National Sleep Foundation has found that approximately 61% of menopausal women have sleep problems. But these problems can occur 10 years in advance of menopause, when a woman is in her early 40’s, explains Marla Ahlgrimm.