If you’re entering menopause, you may find that you’re waking up in the middle of the night more and more these days, drenched in sweat and restlessly alert. It’s incredibly frustrating, and can feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. But the solution may be closer to your body than you think. You may need to consider investing in a mattress that helps relieve those exact symptoms by keeping your hot flashes at bay.
If menopause symptoms are keeping you up at night, you’re not alone—61% of post-menopausal women report experiencing insomnia. Hot flashes—sudden and intense heat plus sweating—are particularly to blame for this nighttime restlessness. In fact, your body requires the precise opposite of a hot flash: an internal cool down at night, in order to enter deep, restful, slow wave sleep.
To make matters worse, estrogen is a sleep-maintaining hormone. During menopause, your estrogen levels become quite low, so your body has a harder time keeping itself asleep. Pair that with the fact that your hormones—estrogen included—are regulated during slow wave sleep, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for exhaustion. If you’re never able to effectively reach recuperative slow wave sleep because you're suffering from insomnia, your hormonal imbalance compounds and the cycle of insomnia snowballs with each sleepless night. What a nightmare!
If you’re experiencing menopausal insomnia but don’t want to turn to potentially risky estrogen replacement therapy for relief, try a cooling mattress, instead. Just before a hot flash, your body temperature begins to rise, which disturbs your REM cycles and wakes you from your slumber. Molecule mattresses are designed to counteract this by keeping you cool, so when your temperature starts to soar, the patented airflow of Molecule memory foam will temper all that the unexpected heat. Then, having avoided another hot flash, you can enter slow wave sleep and finally, finally get the restorative rest your body deserves.