Sleep is something that, for most of my life, I have taken for granted. Throughout the decades, I would sleep at night, wake up every morning, jump out of bed, and get on with my day no matter what was going on in my life.
That was until I entered my 50s.
No longer could I take a solid night’s sleep for granted. What disrupted me from sleeping well in my mature years?
At 50, I decided it was time to turn my life around, get serious about losing some weight and regain my youthful figure. Yes, a midlife crisis! I became a ‘gym junkie’ and subsequently a fitness professional, working hard in a new industry and environment. My marriage came to an end, and I was in a situation where I had to make a living, promoting and providing my services in a whole new career. It was stressful at times but exciting, and I loved the challenge.
Apart from working and constantly studying in a new profession, I was a single woman again after a long time (this wasn’t for very long, I’m happy to add), and I started to enjoy more social activities, including late nights with alcoholic drinks. With all of this going on, I was also going through menopause.
My experience of menopause was, luckily for me, relatively mild, probably due to having a procedure called uterine fibroid embolisation in my late 40s. I had no pronounced hot flashes, mood swings or weight gain. Just the more apparent inability to fall asleep during the night after waking from a ‘night sweat’ or the need to pee.
Many people go through an event in their lives that disrupts their physiological and psychological balance
Lack of quality sleep can be so debilitating and detrimental to your health and productivity. Through awareness and mindful choices it is possible to restore what you used to take for granted and again enjoy the benefits of a good nights sleep.
Sleep is a vital part of everyone’s general health and wellness. Without good sleep, we cannot function well and enjoy our lives to the fullest. Sleep is up there with good nutrition and daily exercise so enjoy your hibernation to rest and restore with blissful sleep.