Are Hormones Keeping You Awake At Night?

As women we are significantly more at risk than men of experiencing insomnia and sleep issues throughout our lives. Studies from the National Sleep Foundation show that women are not only more likely to suffer from insomnia but also more likely to experience daytime sleepiness AND find it harder to break poor sleep habits.

A woman’s ever-changing hormones and biological conditions can have an immense impact on sleep. As women we are born onto a rollercoaster of hormonal ups and downs which (as I’m sure you well know) can sometimes make navigating through life quite challenging!

Estrogen and Progesterone fluctuations throughout the different stages of our life such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause,  significantly change biochemical processes in our bodies, sometimes making us cranky, short-tempered, overwhelmed, forgetful, more emotional, sensitive to alcohol, anxious, impact our food cravings and the way we store and metabolize the food we eat and heavily influence our ability to get to sleep, stay asleep and the quality of our sleep!

Many women believe menopause and hormonal imbalance symptoms such as sleeplessness, weight gain, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue and hot flushes are all “to be expected” and are generally accepted symptoms of the hormonal rollercoaster we are constantly on. But that’s not true. There are a number of strategies you can implement to help keep your hormones balanced and happy.

These include;

Eating a wholesome diet of healthful, nourishing foods rich in both Omega 3 and 6’s

Exercising regularly

Prioritizing and ensuring you get the full 8 hours of good quality sleep

Managing your stress levels

Limiting alcohol because it impacts on Estrogen metabolism

Limiting caffeine so that your liver can more effectively break down and process hormones and toxins in the body


If you struggle with sleeping issues it could be the result of hormone changes. Until now there have been limited nutritional and herbal remedies which offer natural and effective support. With hormone-related sleep issues being so prevalent for women I have created a new remedy in the SleepDrops range to offer an extra level of sleep support for women going through menopause.

This new product is a game changer and will launch in April this year. It can of course be combined with the other award winning products in the SleepDrops range to tailor-make a solution for your individual needs and be combined with day time menopause supplements you may already be taking.

Take charge of your own health today and prioritize your sleep so you can get back to being your usual empowered, happy and healthy self.


Kirsten Taylor, Managing Director and founder of highly successful company SleepDrops, New Zealand’s leading naturopathic sleep specialist.

With qualifications in Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Medical Herbalism and over 10 years’ experience in private clinic Kirsten has a wealth of knowledge on all matters health and wellbeing related.

Kirsten has featured on Nationwide TV and radio shows, magazines and newspapers providing insights into a wide range of health conditions.

Read more of Kirsten’s columns here.