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Women go through a series of life stages that are a natural part of being a women. These changes can affect your ability to sleep.

What are the life stages?

Menstrual Cycle

There are many symptoms that a women may experience before or during their period. They can affect how you feel and how you sleep. Eating a well balanced diet low in fat, salt and sugar may reduce your symptoms. Regular exercise can reduce stress and relive some of your symptoms.


Physical and emotional changes late in pregnancy can make getting a restful night sleep challenging. Below are a few helpful tips.

  • Sleep with a pillow under your stomach, back or between your legs.
  • Take naps if you feel tired during the day.
  • Take a warm shower before bed
  • Avoid or limit caffeine before bed.

Having a new baby can be stressful and make it difficult to sleep. Below are a few helpful tips.

  • It is natural to feel a little down for a few weeks after giving birth. Share your feelings with your lovedones or talk to a health care provider if your feelings get in the way of sleeping or eating.
  • Take regular walks with your newborn.
  • When your baby sleeps, take a nap.

Menopause can cause physical, mental and emotional changes that can affect your sleep.

  • If you have hot flashes and night sweats, avoid caffeine and spicy foods at night. Wear a cotton nightgown and keep a window open or use a portable fan.
  • Mood swings can cause insomnia, memory loss, fatigue and depression. If these affect your sleep, talk to your health care provider.