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Fortysomething and sleepless

Fortysomething and sleepless

Much has been in the news lately about insomnia. Over on DrLeahM.com, Stanford physician Leah Millheiser, MD, recently shared her own sleep struggles and described why women in their 40s often experience difficulty sleeping:

…It is most likely a combination of decreasing estrogen & progesterone levels as well as increasing life stressors that contribute to episodes of acute insomnia. Although a woman in her early 40s may be years away from menopause, the change in hormones can manifest itself as sleep disturbance even when other signs or perimenopause, such as hot flushes and night sweats, are absent.

Millheiser outlined several things that readers can do to get a better night’s sleep, including avoiding bedtime exposure to bright devices like TV and smartphones. (Are you guilty of looking at e-mails on your phone before bed? Yes, me too.)

Previously: Can adjusting your mobile device’s brightness help promote better sleep?Yoga may help relieve insomnia in menopausal women, study finds, Discussing the effects of long-term exercise for insomniacs, Tips for fighting fatigue after a sleepless night, and Researchers say: Don’t work your brain when you’re trying to go to sleep

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