peri-menopausal and sleep onset insomnia
I know I am perimenopausal. I am 53 and I've had 3 periods this year. The last one in late July. I have hotness that comes over me. Not really like flashes, just like being in a hot room all the sudden. This I can work with. The other night I woke up at 4:30 am almost sweaty, but not quite. OK, I can deal with that. But all the sudden in the last 4 nights I can't get to sleep. I toss and turn, I can't get comfortable, my pillow feels hard and I wind up getting up and taking a sleeping pill. I am trying to get much more exercise, even riding my new bike. But I wind up still with problems. I had one day last week where I thought to take an afternoon nap. I do sometimes, but not every day. I got to where I was just about to fall asleep then suddenly wide awake. Not due to any thoughts or any noises waking me, but I was just wide awake. I've had more energy here lately. So what I can I do to fall asleep without pills? I hate to take them. I used to fall asleep almost anywhere. Help!