Category - Sleep

28
Mar

Three Words Changed Everything…

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was five years ago, almost exactly. I was waiting with my wife, Sharon in her doctor’s office. After a brief conversation, he got to the point of the visit. (Click here for an audio version of me narrating this post over a bed of my original music). …

30
Oct

What You've Never Been Told About Menopause

About 6000 women enter menopause every day and millions more are in the ten-year window around menopause called perimenopause. During my nearly 20 years at Harvard where I ran the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital, and more recently as Director of the Complicated Menopause Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical …

26
Jan

Sleep Does Knit The Raveled Sleeve of Care

If you live to be 90 you will have slept about 30 years of it. Was it a waste of time? Why would we evolve this way if it were totally unproductive?   But fear not. You are not squandering 1/3 of your life. Au contraire.   According to new evidence, sleep is actually ensuring …

7
Aug

Psychological Changes During Menopause

When it comes to mental health, menopause gets a bad rap. It is true that women who are depressed before menopause, or who have had premenstrual or postpartum depression, sexual dysfunction, are physically inactive or who have a lot of hot flashes are at more risk for depression as they enter menopause. But women who …

12
Jun

Sleep Disturbances During Menopause

Sleep disturbances are one of the top things my patients struggle with as they transition into menopause. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation estimates 46% of women ages 40 to 54 and 48% of women ages 55 to 64 struggle with sleep. I think it is at least that many …

16
Mar

Hypnosis To Lower Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are never easy to treat, especially if you decide not to take estrogen and progesterone. And two recent possiblities for non-estrogen prescriptions failed to get FDA approval. Now a new study suggests that maybe all you need to do to lower hot flashes is just get hypnotized. A study in the March 2013 …

6
Mar

A Sad Day for Hot Flash Sufferers – FDA Fails Two Hot Flash Medicines

Monday the FDA failed to approve two new medications for hot flashes. The Advisers for the FDA felt the benefits did not sufficiently outweigh the risks. The first medication was for a drug made by Depomed Inc, which failed 12 to 2. The panel also voted 10-4 against approving a drug for hot flashes made by Hisamitsu …

22
Nov

7 Thanksgiving Weight Control Tips

Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you health, happiness and gratitude for all the wonderful things in your life. With such a big holiday here and Christmas and New Years now in sight, it is the official weight-gaining window of the year. And if you are trying to control your weight, it’s a downright “dangerous” time. According …

10
Sep

Menopause and Your Mental Health

In honor of September is Menopause Awareness Month, today’s blog is on Menopause and Your Mental Health. I’m sure you know women who reach menopause and tip into a mental mess. Estrogen usually gets the blame; levels drop in the years leading up to menopause – the perimenopause – and those lower levels of estrogen …

30
Aug

Progesterone is an Estrogen Alternative for Hot Flashes

With so many concerns about estrogen and menopause, many women either won’t or can’t take it. That’s why I’ve offered progesterone as a possible option to women in menopause for years. I think the risks are less and it works for many women. Now a new study has looked at using micronized progesterone – a …

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