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When Treatment Causes Menopause

Menopause always comes with challenges. When you are 50ish, the symptoms come on gradually. But when you are younger and still have normal or relatively normal hormone levels, treatment causes an abrupt drop in those hormones, and that causes you to be catapulted into menopause. That large, sudden change in hormones causes large, sudden changes …


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 …


Promising New Sleep Med – Suvorexant

Seems like everyone is having difficulty falling asleep these days, so a new medication to help with that is always good news. The newest one is called Suvorexant. It’s called that because it targets the orexin system, a part of the brain that promotes wakefulness.This is the part of the brain that’s missing  or damaged …


Older Men & Women Have More Problems With Sleep

This new study shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Most of my menopause patients complain of poor sleep. But the problem in aging isn’t falling asleep; it’s staying asleep. A study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that people ages 64-74 were 4 times more likely to wake up during the night than younger people …


7 Quick Tips To Sleep Better

Millions of Americans are struggling with too little sleep. Here are 7 quick tips you can do to catch a few more zzzz’s. Speak in quite tones and encourage others to do the same after bedtime Set all pagers and cell phones to vibrate Close all doors to people’s room who are sleeping Get room …


Sleep Attack? It may be Narcolepsy.

A new article in the NY Times by Tara Parker Pope suggests doctors don’t diagnose narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder, not caused by mental illness or anxiety. It may be due to reduced amounts of a protein made in the brain called hypocretin. It isn’t known why some people make less of it …


Seven Sleep Tips To Improve Sleep in Perimenopause

Is getting enough sleep keeping you up at night? If so, here are seven sleep tips the Sandman approved. Sometimes simple lifestyle strategies and relaxing music go a long way to improving minor sleep disturbances, especially for women as they enter perimenopause and transition into menopause: Light sleepers do best avoiding heavy meals and large …