Resources for Sleep Disorders and Menopause
When you can’t sleep at night, you begin looking for answers — and resources to get the rest you need. Credible information about what might cause your lack of sleep can bring you closer to your goal.
“About 50% of people over 65 have some sort of sleep disorder, with insomnia being the most common,” says Small Stones nurse educator Mary Freisleben, RN, BSN. “According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders every year and 20 million more have trouble sleeping from time to time.”
“If someone comes to us with more than occasional insomnia, we suggest they consult a certified sleep physician to rule out a serious disorder, such as sleep apnea,” adds Kathy Steele, RN, BSN, Small Stones’ other nurse educator.
Mary and Kathy recommend useful websites on the topic, along with books and products. “People also find our guided imagery and relaxation CDs very helpful in encouraging sleep,” says Mary.
- Sleep Better!
- Learn to Sleep Well
- 100 Questions and Answers about Sleep and Sleep Disorders
- Essential oils and massage oils
- Aromafloria Sleep Ease Inhalation Beads
- Herbal sleep masks
Marlys Swanson, RN, BSN, nurse specialist for the Total Health for Midlife Women Program, sends patients to Small Stones for information about sleep problems and other menopause issues.
“I recommend Take Charge of the Change and The Change Before the Change,” says Swanson. “Both books provide an excellent overview of changes women experience during perimenopause and menopause. Small Stones also has a great selection of cookbooks for women interested in improving nutrition.”
Additionally, Swanson recommends Small Stones resources on hormone replacement therapy, smoking cessation, and fitness aids such as exercise bands and pedometers.
For more information, call 414.805.6520 or visit smallstones.com.