Tag: Insomnia


5 Myths About Progesterone Use in Perimenopause
17 Jun 2020

5 Myths About Progesterone Use in Perimenopause

Progesterone is a go-to supplement for many women in perimenopause (and menopause, for that matter). It is very safe and widely available over-the-counter in cream forms, as well as, by prescription in oral form. Despite the widespread availability and safety, many myths abound in the medical community and there is a lot of misunderstanding among women who read conflicting information online. Here are some of...

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A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause
15 Jan 2020

A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause

Progesterone is a sex hormone that is produced when you ovulate. It is the first hormone level to fall as you enter perimenopause since ovulation becomes more and more sporadic. Because of this, estrogen is allowed to run the show all month, creating perimenopause symptoms like breast tenderness, heavy periods, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, and anxiety. Progesterone is typically thought of when it comes to...

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Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)
24 Jul 2019

Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)

If perimenopause is stealing your sleep, it may be tempting to resort to over-the-counter sleep aids (most contain antihistamines) or prescription sleep medications. But these don’t treat the root cause of insomnia and may lead to dependency. Over time, they work less effectively, which means you need higher and higher doses to do the job. As someone who’s been there and done that, I don’t...

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Well rested blonde woman stretching in bed and smiling in bedroom at home
17 Jul 2019

Sleep Hygiene 101: Good Habits for a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know it. A great night’s sleep is vital for both healing and overall wellness. During the night, we restock our supply of hormones, process significant toxins, repair damaged tissue, generate white blood cells for immunity, eliminate the effects of stress, and process heavy emotions.  Unfortunately, we have an epidemic of sleep disorders in midlife – from trouble falling asleep to often-interrupted sleep to...

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Is Hormone Imbalance Wrecking Your Sleep?
10 Jul 2019

Is Hormone Imbalance Wrecking Your Sleep?

Insomnia is one of the most distressing problems that women experience in perimenopause. It’s not life-threatening, but lack of sleep affects every part of our mental and physical being. Studies show that even moderate sleep deprivation (less than 6 hours per night) results in performance that is the equivalent of driving drunk.  There are many variations on the insomnia theme, but let’s focus on the...

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5 Smart Reasons to Think Before You Drink
05 Apr 2017

5 Smart Reasons to Think Before You Drink

I’m giving you fair warning. This topic is a total buzz-kill for many of us. That’s because wine is our go-to BFF when we’ve had a bad day or anxiety and overwhelm has gotten out of hand. What’s the harm in having a glass or two…(or three) at the end of the day? On the surface, it’s not a problem. Until it is. Until the...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?
31 Mar 2016

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?

If you’re over 40 and suddenly find yourself lying awake night after night or waking up WAAAYYYY too early in the morning, chances are good that your hormones are to blame. I hear you…and feel your pain. Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the...

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07 Nov 2013

What to do When Perimenopause Steals Your Sleep

Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the clock while your hormones are having a PAR-TAY! What’s a girl to do??? Lack of sleep makes you cranky…that’s bad enough. But long-term insomnia can lead to other problems obesity, diabetes, hyper-tension, heart disease, depression, and impaired...

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