Two of the most common complaints we hear around the gym these days have to do with sleep and perimenopause. For women, the two are often inextricable.
Sleep. Suboptimal sleep can present as trouble attaining sleep, waking during the night or too early in the morning, and/or poor sleep quality. (If you have a sleep app, you might’ve thought you were sleeping fine but now the app is telling you otherwise!)
Inadequate sleep can have multiple causes: excessive worrying, overtraining, snoring partner or dog, menopause, inability to shut down, declining melatonin levels as we age, and just your random bad night.
Sometimes the solution is as simple as going to another bed to avoid the snorer.
Otherwise, a good bedtime ritual can be helpful: turning screens off early, meditating or doing breath work, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, not eating too late, having a completely dark bedroom, and so on.
Certain substances can offer assistance in going to and staying asleep. Thorne, our supplement provider, has a few products that support relaxation, calm, and sleep. One of these is called Sleep+. It combines melatonin,* chamomile, and the amino acid l-theanine in a disc you dissolve in water or other beverage before bed.
Menopause. Another frequently expressed concern is with symptoms associated with menstrual cycles, perimenopause, and menopause. Thorne has a botanical formula that addresses the symptoms by helping balance estrogen and progesterone levels. It also supports skin health and long-term women’s wellness. This one is called Meta-Balance.
If you have a Thorne account** with us, you can sign in, review, and order Sleep+ and/or Meta-Balance yourself. If you don’t, check out why we trust Thorne here. Contact Katherine to set up an account and get more information on these and other Thorne supplements and tests.
*Consult your medical provider before taking melatonin if you suspect or are under care for thyroid or any autoimmune disease.
**Remember, Team Fitness athletes get a discount and free shipping!
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