Talking hormones: I can fall asleep, just not stay asleep

insomnia is a side effect

Since our co-publisher Jo shared her personal struggle with hormones and asked for you to share your own experiences we’ve had an overwhelming response. Below is the first in a series of first-person accounts from our readers. We hope that by sharing these you’ll find some comfort in knowing you’re not going through this alone.

I read your blog and I wept: finally someone ‘gets it’.

So in addition to all the weird (but natural but also disconcerting) changes I – we – am/are going through and dealing with, the biggie for me is insomnia.

I have no problems falling asleep but I can’t seem to stay asleep. I can be found prowling around the house at 2am like a lonely, slightly demented ghost.

It’s not night sweats that wake me up, it’s just, god alone knows what. Anxiety? Hyper active brain? I don’t know.

That’s just it though. The glaring, gaping hole that is lack of information around our (older, female) health. No one seems to know, or care.

Many a morning, I can be found ranting at my bleary-eyed husband about how if this was an issue that plagued a more glamorous demographic, there would be money pouring into its research.

My doctor is useless. Useless.

So the only thing that helps is if I work myself to the bone during the day then and only then I can wake up at a decent hour of 4am. It’s not always possible to work the same amount everyday though.

So the one day I don’t, I’m up, like today, at midnight, which means I don’t have the energy to work to the point of fatigue which then means we are looking at another dark night of the soul.

It’s a curse.

I am so glad you have taken up the mantel for all of us.

Don’t get me started on the memory issues.

Hugs and in solidarity,


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