It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Menopause Message Board

Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-31-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: United States
Posts: 283
Question Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

I'm 49, and still get regular periods on a mostly consistent cycle. Are these due to periomenopause:

chronic insomnia for the past 6-9 months.
I have to have the fan on my face, and the window wide open.
Lowered libido.

The worse part of it is the insomnia. I take valerian & trazadone to get to sleep and that is the only combo that works for me. Last night I took 9mg melatonin and i was still awake all night. I was hoping to change to that but it's not working,

Will either Remifemin or Soy Isoflavines help me? Which do you recommend?

Thanks in advance!!!

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-31-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
lKaz's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 387
lKaz HB User
Re: Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

The insomnia, hot spells & lowered libido are common symptoms of peri-menopause. How long has the hot spells & lower libido been going on? Same as the insomnia? They are most likely related.

There's a new herbal sleep formula in stores now, I'd try that first for your sleep problem. Going the natural route when possible is the safest, as I'm sure you don't want to become dependent on those other prescription med's for sleep. However, you may need prescription help later, if the natural remedies don't work for you. And that is okay too. Personally I tried the soy and couldn't stand the taste, no matter how masked I made it. And I'm not familiar with the other you mentioned.

Hopefully this shall pass sooner than later for you, and not be an ongoing problem. I do understand what you're feeling however, as I'm going through it too. I suspect irregular periods or it just stopping altogether is in your future as well. I experienced what you are for two years before my periods changed. But each women IS different as to what & when she experiences these symptoms of peri. Good luck to you!

Old 05-31-2010, 12:41 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: United States
Posts: 283
Re: Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

Hi, I think they all started about 6-9 months ago, but I don't know if the insomnia is related to the peri. or not. I've had insomnia bouts in the past, but this is the most chronic. The valerian is natural, & trazadone is an antidepressant which helps me get to sleep. Even so, my sleep is not the deep dreaming type, and I do not feel like i'm getting a good night's restful sleep

Old 05-31-2010, 09:22 PM   #4
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 660
missy222 HB Usermissy222 HB Usermissy222 HB Usermissy222 HB Usermissy222 HB Usermissy222 HB User
Re: Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

Hi Sport,

Yes, unfortunately insomnia is very common in peri. I usually sleep about 4 hours a night and am constantly tired.

Soy insoflavones (pretty much the same as Remifren) can help with menopausal symptoms.

I take the Estroven extra strength which is pretty much a multi vitamin with soy, black cohosh and calming herbs and it does seem to help some.

Hope this helps,

Last edited by missy222; 05-31-2010 at 09:24 PM.

Old 06-01-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
lKaz's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 387
lKaz HB User
Re: Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

Hi again ladies!
SPORT46, since you're taking these sleep aids, you ought to be getting enough sleep. I was just wondering if you've ever had your oxygen levels checked while you sleep? One simply wears a finger monitor for one night of testing. The point is that Sleep Apnea is a common cause for lack of a good night's sleep, and isn't limited to snoring men. It's where the breathing stops altogether during the night (often frequently), therefore causing a lack of oxygen in the system, which in turn leads to still feeling tired during the day.

Just a thought for you to consider. I preferred the finger monitor vs a sleep study, simply because I chose not to do that. This test was enough to diagnose me. So I surely hope you find solutions, because I know what it feels like to still feel tired when awake and it's definitely no fun! My heart goes out to you! Praying for your relief, ~Karen

Old 06-02-2010, 10:00 AM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 12
Pebbles03 HB User
Re: Perimenopause? Insomnia & nervousness

Hi Sport I'm 46 and just in May started getting bad perimenapause symptoms. Last night I only slept 2 hrs ugg!!! I usually take some melatonin but didn't last night. I don't think it would have helped any. I hate the way I feel. I got some natural progesterone it has helped some but it still sucks
I went off of the progesterone for 7 days before my period but then it never came. I'm going back on it and see how I feel. I don't feel like doing anything it's terrible.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Perimenopause, or depression? ctnc1234 Menopause 7 06-03-2010 05:14 PM
Insomnia due to heart racing & stomach & pain tak Open to All Other Health Topics 5 06-28-2009 06:22 AM
irregular periods/exhaustion and nausea - could it be perimenopause? LINSCYCLIST Menopause 32 06-07-2007 09:10 PM
Insomnia & General Relaxation? MissJessica Alternative Medicine 15 01-13-2007 02:55 PM
Low dose BC and perimenopause kornpoper Menopause 10 01-01-2005 11:03 AM
test for perimenopause jacqbu Menopause 3 05-30-2004 05:31 PM
Typical perimenopause symptoms catluvr4 Menopause 27 05-19-2004 08:34 AM
Did anyone here suffer from terrible PMS symptoms or PMDD before perimenopause? f33l h3lpl3ss Menopause 10 03-29-2004 04:30 PM
Dry eyes & perimenopause jenn062 Menopause 12 03-23-2004 08:27 AM
Clonidine causes insomnia? Kato High & Low Blood Pressure 9 03-04-2004 06:05 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:03 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2016 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!