For those of us that struggle daily with the changes our bodies are going through, it's very helpful to have something to assist us in dealing with these menopause symptoms. Estroven Weight Management enables me to effectively manage my weight, and I can live a happy, healthy life!
It begins here.
Heather noticed that she was waking up exhausted even after eight hours of "sleep."
A world of difference.
Sleep deprived women try everything to get rest. Heather even tried painting her room a different color. A world of difference.
Jumpstarting my chart.
Heather wasn't sure what to expect when she began taking Estroven®. It didn't take long to begin feeling its effects.
Mixing motherhood and sleep
while having "two sets" of children at two very different times of her life has been eye-opening.
Crossing "improve sleep quality" off the to-do list.
By her third month of taking Estroven, Heather's symptoms have improved.
Estroven is meant for women experiencing perimenopausal, and menopausal symptoms. It wasn't until recently that I started to put two and two together... odd symptoms like forgetfulness and fuzzy thinking (I kept attributing it to needing to take more vitamins), easily irritable (at the drop of a hat!), a little change in weight, low libido (poor hubby), trouble sleeping and fatigue just to name a few.
Even those of us in our early 40s can start experiencing perimenopausal symptoms for up to 10 years before full menopause hits. You don’t have to have the textbook hot flashes to be experiencing perimenopausal symptoms either.
My biggest issue is lack of quality sleep. I tend to wake many times a night, which helps contribute to my fatigue and irritability. Below is a sample screen shot from my Fitbit summary. Fitbit is an app I used to help measure my sleeping patterns. Typically if I wake up after 1 a.m. it takes me quite a while to fall back asleep. As you can see, I woke up 21 times that night!
We go to great lengths trying to achieve a perfect and restful night's sleep. I know I have! We have purchased room darkening blinds to block out the morning sun and a sound machine to block out the neighbor's barking dogs. I've purchased softer sheets, warmer blankets, painted the walls a more soothing color... but nothing was helping me.
My sleep routine reminded me of my pregnancies, actually. The multiple awakenings, not being able to drift off to sleep, not being able to stay asleep... the frustration. Pair that with being too warm and getting a good night's sleep was impossible.
It's hard to believe it's been a week since I started taking Estroven Nighttime. A week has meant a world of difference in how I am feeling. It wasn't a fluke, either, because I am still experiencing the same things. I am able to drift off to sleep quickly, I am able to stay asleep, when/if I do wake up to use the bathroom I am able to go back to sleep fairly quickly and I am waking up feeling refreshed.
I used to be afraid of the clock. For some reason waking anytime around 1:30-2:00 am meant I was going to be up for quite some time. My internal thermostat was running high around those hours from hot flashes and although I wasn't sweating, I was quite warm and couldn't find a cool enough spot in the sheets or on the pillow to help me drift back to sleep. This usually lead to coming downstairs to distract myself for an hour or so, long enough to cool back down and crawl back into bed for hopefully a few more hours before the younger kids woke up. I am still "in bed" the same amount of time, but my actual time asleep is occurring in longer stretches and I feel like a new... wait... younger woman!
When I started the Estroven Good Sleep Challenge about a month ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have just begun to experience perimenopausal symptoms with my most annoying being lack of quality sleep. (I am) taking an Estroven Nighttime tablet at bedtime and then logging my sleep experience the next day. I have taken the logging part a bit further and have been wearing my Fitbit to bed which measures several attributes about my sleep including sleep efficiency.
According to a survey conducted by Estroven, sleep loss has left nearly half of all menopausal women “exhausted,” and 65% feeling “irritable” or “not like themselves.” †
When I started (Estroven Nighttime) I was waking often and anywhere from 15-21 times a night. My sleep efficiency was only about 89%; and I was feeling worn out and exhausted during the day even though I was in bed for over 9 hours!
The survey results described me to a “T.” For the past month, I have been heading to bed at a decent hour, faithfully taking my pill and slowly beginning to experience great, fantastic, fabulous, glorious quality sleep. I am now just a tad over the 30 day mark and I have an amazing chart to share with you!
I am falling asleep quicker; I am having longer periods of uninterrupted rest and my sleep efficiency has jumped to 97%!
This has all happened in a month's time.
†Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States by ORC International on behalf of Estroven from April 26th to May 1st, 2012 among 493 U.S. women ages 18 and older who self-identified as perimenopausal or menopausal. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and, therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
With my two oldest kids, I felt young, alive and energetic. I was 20 when my first was born and 25 with the second. I could chase them around, roll around on the floor and giggle all evening. I felt this alive because, well... I was young (and sleeping well). With my two younger children, the situation is very different. I was 36 and 38 when they were born. We've recently changed many things in our lives, including our activity level, as well as how and what we eat.
Then I turned 41 (and 42). I started becoming incredibly irritable, had a foggy memory, had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, my libido dropped dramatically and after some research (and a talk with my doctor) I came to the conclusion I had entered perimenopause and was experiencing perimenopause symptoms.
Enter Estroven (Nighttime). For two months now I have been taking Estroven Nighttime at bedtime and noticed a huge difference in how I feel. I drift off to sleep quickly now. I don't wake as often during the night and if I do wake up (for a trip to the bathroom or answer one of the kids nighttime calls) I often times fall back asleep quickly. Parenting two young children with a good foundation of sleep under you is so much more enjoyable (and the kids are happier as well).
I am now headed into week 10 of 3 months (with) Estroven. My sleep has improved dramatically and is registering at a steady 97% efficiency on my Fitbit. I am feeling well rested, am thinking clearer and my patience with my children has improved.
Barbara put her menopause symptoms to rest.
Symptoms - Occasional sleeplessness, moodiness, weight change and shift, hot flashes and night sweats, changes in menstrual periods
Growing up it seemed Barbara would never lose that positive, energetic, can-do attitude. But when she turned 40, that all started to change. Fortunately, she found something that returned her to her old self.