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Is insomnia a common problem for peri-menopausal women?

By June 27, 2014 - 3:41pm
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My wife started suffering from insomnia, being awake in the middle of the night for a few hours. She doesn't want to take medication. Could this be related to menopause? Are there any non-traditional treatments or mild sleeping aids that she could take?

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I have had this problem for a long time. I usually take 2 25mg tablets of Benadryl at night before I go to bed. I don't want to take anything stronger. It seems to help. I also walk everyday for fitness.

July 11, 2014 - 2:04pm
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Hi John,

Thanks for your question. Many women going through Menopause experience Insomnia. It is usually caused by the symptoms of Menopause such as hot flashes. Here are some things she can do to help with her sleeping. Such as light daily exercise, avoid nap during the day, avoid caffeine, keep the room cool to avoid night sweats, taking a warm bath or shower before bed are some of the things she can do to help with her sleep. Hope this will help.

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June 29, 2014 - 4:26pm
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