WebMD featured this article by Heather Hatfield:
The Secret Causes of Insomnia: What Every Woman Should Know About Sleep Problems
Sleep Problems and Your Hormones
If you’re like many women, it may not be your lifestyle that’s sabotaging your sleep but your own body — primarily, your hormones. It all begins, say experts, with your monthly menstrual cycle.
“More than 70% of women complain of sleep problems during menstruation, when hormone levels are at their lowest,” says Amy Wolfson, PhD, author of TheWoman’s Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide.
Indeed, experts say that not only does your period affect sleep quality, any menstrual symptoms you may experience can also keep you up at night. In fact, research reveals that menstruating women often report bloating significant enough to disturb their sleep at least two or three days during each menstrual cycle, according to the NSF.
If this rings true for you, talk to your gynecologist. There are treatments that can help some of your menstrual-related symptoms, which in turn may help solve these sleep problems.
Generally, post-menopausal women are less satisfied with their sleep, with more than half reporting insomnia symptoms,” says Wolfson, who is a spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council.
Again, talk to your doctor about symptom relief that can do double duty by also helping you sleep better.