If you’re like me and enjoy unwinding with a glass of red wine in the evening, you may have noticed some changes in how it affects you since hitting menopause. What once brought relaxation can now lead to disrupted sleep and intensified symptoms like hot flashes.
I learned this the hard way after one too many “wine nights” left me tossing and turning. While studies show red wine might actually ease some menopause discomforts, drinking close to bedtime can make certain symptoms worse.
Here are 6 things I discovered about finding your ideal balance:
Every woman responds differently. Some may find relief while others experience worsened night sweats. Start paying close attention to your individual reactions.
Drinking too close to bedtime can negatively affect sleep quality due to body temperature changes. Stick to just one glass with dinner.
Lighter, dry red varieties tend to be better options than heavier wines. Think Pinot Noir over Cabernet.
The melatonin in some red grapes can aid sleep when consumed earlier in the evening. Just don’t overdo it.
The antioxidants may help dilate blood vessels reducing hot flashes. But moderation is key.
Red wine’s anti-inflammatory properties could also ease anxiety and mood swings associated with hormonal shifts.
While the science shows potential perks, be cautious about overconsuming. Track your symptoms in relation to when you drink and how much. Every woman needs to find what works best for her own body.
Going through menopause can be unpredictable. But a little self-care knowledge goes a long way. Be patient with yourself and speak with your doctor. Relief tailored to your wants and needs is possible!
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You deserve to feel confident and cared for during this transition. Now’s the time to put yourself first!