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As a 50-something peri-menopausal women who trains a lot, this is becoming a big concern for me. Sleeping through the night has become a rare event and I have no control over it. Wondering what the research says about women in my age group and the effect of sleep loss.

Jeff Dorminey

Joel, can't wait for your new book to come out!! I'd be willing to proof read it just so I can get a copy quicker... of course the way I spell that might not be too good :)

Willem Martins

Joe, very informative, many thanks.

To us folks who have to fit training into a work and family schedule, high intensity training is often late afternoon.

After one of those, I am wide awake, difficult to fall asleep, reducing recovery hours significantly when most needed.

Any advice?

Joe Friel

Amdupras--Unfortunately, the research doesn't provide any solutions, only confirmation of what you are saying. Here is the excerpt from the book: "Older athletes also frequently experience insomnia due to a circadian clock that is out of rhythm. This is especially quite common with women who are entering menopause and some who are postmenopausal. A review of the scientific research of 12,603 women of various ethnicities at this stage of life found that 38 percent of them had difficulty sleeping. (Kravitz HM, Ganz PA, Bromberger J, et al. 2003. Sleep difficulty in women at midlife: A community survey of sleep and the menopausal transition. Menopause 10(1):19-28.) In regards to the stage of menopause, most of the sleeplessness was reported in those women who were in the early stages of menopause. Caucasians had more sleep disturbances than other ethnic groups with Asians having the least. This and other lifestyle difficulties of menopause are something that should be discussed with your physician. In general, and unfortunately, the circadian clock for seniors is not as rhythmic as it was when younger."

Joe Friel

Jeff Dorminey--Thanks for the offer. I've actually got a 60+ athlete reading it as I produce the chapters and giving me feedback. Watch for the book around the end of the year.

Joe Friel

Willem Martins--Thanks for your comment. In the next blog post I get into this. There isn't any magical solution, however.


Hi Joe, just wondering if you've ever experimented with using a float tank as part of your recovery?

Joe Friel

Airlie--No, I sure haven't.

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