I've been plagued with sleep disorder for over twenty years. This can come as part of menopause and post menopausal experience. Hormones change and so do sleep patterns.
I experienced an exacerbation of symptoms about eleven years ago when I had to make sudden decisions regarding my elderly aunt's care. I was kept awake by worry over whether to put her in an assisted living facility or have in home help. Many nights I only slept three to four hours.
About six months ago the problem reoccurred with a vengeance. Some nights I didn't sleep at all. I thought I was going to have to retire.
I considered traditional sleep meds but did not want to worry about getting up in the middle of the night and driving my car, so I looked for natural remedies.
Statistically, women are three times more likely to experience sleep disorders than men. There seems to be a hormonal relationship.
The most common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome.
During one of my sleepless nights, I prayed all night long for an answer to appear.
The next evening, a chiropractor/nutritionist called me out of the blue after no contact for the previous twelve years! She asked me how I was doing. I tearfully explained my situation.
Dr. Madeleine told me about some research she had been doing regarding iodine levels. Apparently low levels can interfere with the body's ability to utilize the B vitamins. She advised getting an Iodine loading test done.
The results of the test were astounding. I had very low levels.
I was then placed on an iodine supplement and I started on whole food raw vitamins as opposed to the store bought kind.
My sleep improved within two weeks. It still wasn't perfect, however. At that point I began doing hormone creams three times a day.
In addition, I had a neorotransmitter test done. Again, I was low in all categories and was placed on supplements designed to improve symptoms of depression.
I now sleep eight to ten uninterrupted hours a night.
Dear readers, if you have a sleep disorder, please consider getting an iodine loading test as well as a neurotransmitter test. Your life and health may improve dramatically! Mine have.