One of the most life altering symptoms experienced by premenopausal and menopausal women is the associated insomnia that occurs. This insomnia can manifest in a few different ways such as difficulty in initially falling asleep or waking up several times during the night. Whilst many dismiss insomnia as not being very serious, the long term implications for sufferers can be significant. As well as being an inhibitor for productivity during the daytime (affecting career and family life), long term insomniacs often develop psychological conditions such as depression. This obviously cannot be tolerated for a long time and any woman suffering from insomnia should seek help immediately. The main issue many women have with the majority of solutions offered by their doctors are the associated side effects of using sleep aids and medicine. It is for this reason that herbal remedies are now the first choice for women looking to end their insomnia and have a good night’s sleep.
Produced in the adrenal glands and ovaries, progesterone is closely linked to insomnia. Progesterone levels become highly imbalanced during the premenopausal and menopausal periods and thus cause many of the side effects attributed to the menopause, including insomnia.
Recent studies have also shown a clear link between a neuro-chemical in the brain called GABA, a chemical which has a calming effect on the nervous system and enhances the brain’s ability to clear itself of thoughts before sleep. GABA is closely linked to progesterone levels. Through extensive experimentation, scientists have identified that elevating progesterone levels in a woman’s body slows down brain waves, thus enhancing the desire and ability to sleep.
In order to find solution that does not have extensive side effects, women are advised to consider herbal remedies as an effective alternative to prescribed sleeping aids. Natural herbal remedies are popular because they do not carry the same side effects and, in many cases, have additional benefits beyond preventing insomnia.
One herbal remedy that has been widely used throughout Asia is Curcuma Comosa. This is a popular herb for women experiencing premenopausal and menopausal symptoms. For sufferers of insomnia, Curcuma Comosa can be especially effective due to its ability to boost progesterone levels and provide balance to hormone levels. Curcuma Comosa is considered to be extremely effective at remedying insomnia.
It should be remembered that all medication and herbal remedies work best when taken as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Insomnia can also be remedied through regular exercise, taking time out to relax each day and talking to family and friends about your worries and stress.