Perimenopausal sleep problems are caused by losing progesterone which results in a recalibration of the brain and stress response system. Perimenopause can also be a time of mast cell activation or high histamine, which further worsens sleep.
Menopausal sleep problems are caused by losing both progesterone and estrogen which results in changes to the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythm. Losing estrogen can cause sleep maintenance insomnia, which means waking at 2 or 3 am. Fortunately, the brain can adapt to low estrogen and then sleep usually goes back to normal.
Start with the usual sleep-enhancing techniques of exercise, morning light, and sleeping in a dark room.
You may then want to try one or more of the nutritional supplements that calm GABA receptors in the brain. They include magnesium,taurine, vitamin B6, and the amino acid glycine.
👉 Taking 3 grams of glycine every night has personally done wonders for my sleep.
Finally, consider hormone treatment. Body-identical progesterone capsules work best for premenstrual or perimenopausal sleep problems but a combination of estrogen and progesterone may be needed for the 3 am awakening of menopause.
Vaginal cup, period cup, menstrual cup... Whatever you call it, The Hello Cup is a great choice.
It’s worth remembering that we don’t recommend buying your cup based on your flow alone. Instead, sizing is based on fitness and age.
Our XS is our smallest, softest cup. It’s the perfect choice for teenagers, petite users or those who prefer a ‘mini’ tampon.
Our S/M is our ‘one size fits most’ menstrual cup. We recommend it for users under 35 – regardless of whether they have had children or not.
Our L (L for ‘Lovely’) is best for those over 35 who feel it’s a bit more roomy up there.
It’s worth noting that we find physically fit people are often best suited to the S/M regardless of age. If you’re uncertain, Hello Double Boxes are a great option to help you find which size works best for you. Many people find they can wear two sizes.