Are you getting your beauty rest?
Most of us get a little more than 6 hours of sleep per night and studies show that is not enough to keep us healthy, happy and productive. The recommended amount is seven to nine hours. According to the NSF, in a 2012 poll, women are saying they experience sleep problems a few nights a week.
Are worry and stress keeping you awake?
There are many issues associated with poor sleep; worry and stress, pregnancy, digestion and of course – menopause. As menopause approaches, hormonal changes can affect sleep more than during any other period in a woman’s life.
Sharon Wong, MD, chairman of the perinatal department at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, says that sleep studies (http://bit.ly/10Cuk2y)have shown that women are more prone to having their sleep disturbed in the first half of the night by having a hot flash. Then the problem becomes getting back to sleep.Sleep deprivation, in turn, affects hormone levels. So how can we stop this vicious cycle? Fortunately, there are many natural remedies to try before asking your doctor for a sleep-promoting medication.
Natural Remedies are proven effective
Experts tell us to go to bed at the same time every night, avoid alcohol before bed, try some relaxing teas like chamomile and maintain a sleep diary so you can see if there are any patterns to your insomnia. ABC News did a segment on “Sleep Secrets” (http://abcn.ws/10Bnc64) that highlighted a few more helpful tips.
I also recommend a good quality herbal supplement (http://bit.ly/11wQTrC) for women that contains ingredients like Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red Clover and Licorice. These natural remedies can help with symptoms like anxiety, sleep disturbances and hot flashes. Dr. Andrew Weil explains how these herbs (http://bit.ly/16x1eTU)help balance hormones and he adds that “following an anti-inflammatory diet, getting adequate aerobic exercise, and relaxation practices can help address the many practical problems that menopause can bring.”
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Diane Turner is a Certified Nutrition Advisor and founder of Healthy Alternatives since 1987. She helps women feel awesome from PMS through menopause by shifting to a more plant-based diet and choosing the vitamins that are right for you. You will find lots of great recipes and holistic health information for women on her blog at www.dtHealthyAlternatives.com and at www.facebook.com/dtHealtyAlternatives