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Posted 2020-11-24 12:32:04 UTC

Breaking news- women over 40 at risk

 

 Half of women over the age of 40 think that the pandemic has made their menopause symptoms worse 

 

 

Women in Britain over the age of 40 have overwhelmingly admitted the latest national lockdown has caused even greater anxiety for menopausal women in what has also been described as ‘a mental health catastrophe waiting to happen’.

 

 

In a new survey by wellness brand CBII, an extraordinary 71 per cent of women over the age of 40 say the current lockdown has increased symptoms of anxiety for women experiencing the menopause. Increased anxiety, along with insomnia and panic attacks, are common symptoms women suffer during the menopause.

 

 

Meanwhile, half of women over 40 think the pandemic has made their menopause symptoms worse. However, when it comes to talking about anxiety and other symptoms, 95 per cent of over 40s have never spoken about the menopause with their boss, 86 per cent haven’t discussed the menopause with their GP. Nearly half of 55-64 year-olds have never talked about it with their doctor.

 

 

The ‘emotional labour’ of caring for elderly, sick or at- risk parents as well as child care often falls to women. Add to that the stress of working from home, financial stress, home schooling children and anxiety about the pandemic and women have a lot more to be anxious about than usual.

 

 

With symptoms ranging from chronic insomnia , night sweats, anxiety, racing thoughts, restless and disruptive sleep, due to the decline of oestrogen and progesterone during the perimenopause and the menopause, women’s sleep patterns are also being seriously affected.

 

 

The NHS recommends adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. But in the research of 2000 people, a staggering 73 per cent of 45-54-year-old women say that symptoms of the menopause have affected their sleep. Nearly a third of over 40s, get an average 6 hours of sleep a night and one in 10 over 55-year-old’s are waking up at least five times a night.

 

Second lockdown a ‘mental health catastrophe waiting to happen’ for women over 40

 

Even post-menopausal women, in the above 65-year-old age group, are still suffering, with 71 per cent saying their sleep is still affected.

 

Techniques people use to help improve sleep include: keeping the bedroom cool at night, sleeping naked to stop night sweats, stopping using digital devices before bed and using a lavender spray. 

 

 

Despite conversations around the menopause being more prevalent than ever on TV and in books and magazines, there is also a startling lack of knowledge about the menopause in Brits under 40.

 

Have you or someone close to you experienced increased anxiety, stress or insomnia during lockdown? Have your say below .

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