Insomnia: Why Women Can’t Sleep?

Insommia: Why Women Can't Sleep will disclose some of the underlying, sometime silent problems women are unaware of that is causing them to miss out on a good night's sleep. Nearly 50 percent of all American women over age 35 complain that they do not get a full good night’s sleep.

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz sleep problems get’s worst for women as they age. Many of us blame it on stress and other daily activities; however the culprits most likely robbing you of sleep are one's diet, established bad sleeping habits, and or hormonal changes. And men while this hub is focused mainly on women your bodies will react to some of these sleep robbers as well. So please continue to read on...

Sleeping Poll for Females

Most Days, do You Feel Tired or Foggy?

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Do You Experience Frequent Mood Swings?

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Do You Snore Loudly, have Pauses in Breathing or Wake Up Gasping?

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Most women in their 20’s and early 30’s never have sleep problems; but as they approach the age of the mid 30’s to 40’s (the time of perimenopause and menopause) sleeping habits begin changing. Ovaries start slowing down the production of estrogen and progesterone the hormones that promote sleep.

Dr. Carol Ash, DO, the Medical Director at the Sleep for Life Center in New Jersey states, “There is a biological basis for insomnia and just being female is a risk factor for insomnia. The menstrual cycle and menopause all complicate the normal sleep patterns. And unfortunately, as we age the changes in hormones that causes sleep problems.”

According to Barbara Kantrowitz of Newsweek, millions of women suffer from sleeplessness at different stages throughout their lives. In her article, titled The Quest for Rest released in April ’06 Kantrowitz stated that according to IMS Health, a pharmaceutical information and consulting company reported that there were more than $2 billion in annual sales of sleeping pills. One can only imagine how large this amount has grown since the recent financial crisis.

Insomnia: Why Women Cant Sleep?
Insomnia: Why Women Cant Sleep?

Results of Dr Oz's Female Audience Poll

Dr Oz asked his audience mostly composed of women three questions that you as readers here might like to answer as well:

49% of the audience answered ‘Yes’ to the question: Most days, do you feel tired or foggy?

43% of the audience answered ‘Yes’ to the question: Do You experience frequent mood swings?

27% of the audience answered ‘Yes’ to the question: Do you snore loudly, have pauses in breathing or wake up grasping?

If you answered 'Yes' to one of these questions your lack of sleep may be tied to one of the three stages of the hormonal cycle.

Kantrowitz also stated, “that today’s current generation of drugs such as Ambien, Lunest, and Rozerem do not have the addictive potential of the older sleep medications, however patients need to follow their doctors’ instructions carefully.” Well rather than go off on a rant here, I’m going to keep moving forward to provide some alternative and natural remedies to those that are missing out on sleep.

I do have to at least ask that you please research and look at the side effects of these drugs prior to resorting to them. And to point out that later in her article, Kantrowitz writes, that sleeping pills won’t resolve the underlying issues of stress, a physical disorder or hormonal changes. O.k. with that being written let’s take a look at some natural ways of getting to sleep at night once you discover which culprit is robbing you of your sleep.

Insomnia: Why Women Can’t Sleep?

1st Hormonal Stage - Perimenopause

The 1st stage of the hormonal cycle is perimenopause that on average occurs between 40 and 55 years of age, but can begin as early as 30 years of age with some individuals. Perimenopause is the ten to fifteen years that occurs prior to menopause. Menopause does not officially occur until the female has had a period for one year after the perimenopausal years. In this stage melatonin or the lack there of is the culprit that plays havoc on our internal body clocks that can cause interruptions of sleep.

Solutions: Add melatonin enriched foods to your diet, i.e. bananas, brown rice, oatmeal and walnuts.

Herbal Remedy - Melatonin supplements can be taken however you must take them correctly which is to take 0.5 mg 2.5 hours prior to going to bed. Melatonin is called a dark hormone because it acts like a blind that suddenly comes down and puts one to sleep. However it will not work 30 minutes before bedtime as I was told to take it. Hence you will still wake up in the morning feeling foggy and sleepy.

The 2nd Hormonal Stage - Menopause

The 2nd stage of the hormonal cycle is menopause that on average occurs between 40 and 55 years of age. Weight, mood changes, skin problems, hair, and etc occur during this stage of the hormonal cycle because of the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels.

Surges in the estrogen in the early hours of the night will make an individual have trouble falling asleep in perimenopause, but during menopause the trouble will be maintaining or staying asleep. During menopause sleep problems may be caused by interrupted by hot flashes, cold sweats, and or frequent urination.

Solutions: It is important to wear light comfortable clothing and focus on a diet of eating low-fat, high-fiber, and plant-based foods that can help with the estrogen levels.

Herbal Remedy - An herbal supplement that can be taken is 40 mg. of black cohosh a day to help reduce the hot flashes.

The 3rd Hormonal Stage - Post-Menopause

The 3rd stage of the hormonal cycle is post-menopause that on average can occur between 45 and 55 years of age or older. Please keep in mind that every woman's body is unique and will go through these changes when nature determines; therefore, that the ages provided are only calculated averages. In this stage hormones are still unbalanced and there can be an additional culprit that causes one to miss out on sleep.

Up to 10% of post-menopausal women have hypothyroidism due to low thyroid hormones that can cause weight gain, sleep apnea, and snoring. When thyroid levels are low the back of the tongue swells causing air ways to be reduces and the gasping and sleep apnea symptoms.

Solutions: Diet and exercise to lose weight and reduce the stress on the neck.

Naturopathy Remedy - Try a pillow that is designed for snoring; it may eliminate the need to visit a doctor for sleep apnea. However, if this does not work one should seek the help of a sleep specialist in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Insomnia: Why Women Can't Sleep?

Foods to Help You Sleep

Reduce intake of refined sugar that can cause insulin surges at night. It could be what you are drinking that is sabotaging your sleeping pattern.  I think this quiz will help individuals to remember the types of foods that one can and should not be having throughout the day that may be the reason for insomnia at nighttime.

Foods that Help You Snooze

Which should you drink before bed? 1) Fruit Drink 2) Wine or 3) Milk

True, warm milk will help you sleep, because it is high in tryptophan. A new study shows that tart cherry juice which is high in melatonin helps one to snooze at night. Researches had individuals to have an 8 oz glass in the morning and an 8 oz glass two hours before bedtime and it helped to reduce insomnia. Red wine although it is very good for you and will put you to sleep; the alcohol may be the culprit that wakes you up later at night. I occasionally have bouts with sleeping not really sure it is hormonal related, however, decided to try the tart cherry juice instead of my normal glass of wine at night. I must admit that the next morning I do feel like I’ve had a deeper more restful night of sleep.

Dinners – Which is better?

1) Spaghetti with ground meat 2) stir fried beef, broccoli and white rice, or 3) turkey burger on whole wheat with spinach leaf.

Turkey Burger on whole wheat with spinach leaf - The iron in spinach helps with restless leg syndrome and turkey is high in tryptophan which not only affects melatonin, but creates serotonin, which helps to stabilize one’s overall sleep. It is better to eating carbohydrates with tryptophan-containing foods to make the calming amino acid more available to the brain.

According to AskDrSears.com, tryptophan is amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that slows down nerve traffic so your brain can slow down. High Tryptophan rich foods are chicken and eggs, milk and cheese, nuts and seeds. By making more tryptophan available to the brain by eating the right foods will help you become sleepy.

Which is the Best Bedtime Snack?

1) Cheese and whole grain wheat crackers 2) Jello fruit cup or 3) Chocolate

Cheese and wheat crackers because the wheat crackers are better because it has high in complex carbohydrates and the cheese is high in tryptophan in it.  Chocolate is not good because it has caffeine in it. 

Light snacks of 200 calories or less of mainly carbohydrates with a little protein helps your brain to produce more serotonin, which is known as the “calming hormone,” will make you more apt to go to sleep.

Conclusion

This concludes Insomnia: Why Women Can’t Sleep. I hope you have found some information that can assist you or someone you know to have a better and or healthier lifestyle. Insomnia can be a very complex and unique problem to resolve because there can be so many hidden medical causes. Individuals having minimal problems sleeping the changes suggested in this hub maybe enough to assist you in getting a good night’s sleep.

If you are presently taking sleeping pills over-the-counter drugs try to stop taking them; especially since most should not be taken more than 10 to 14 days at a time. My suggestion is that you make the necessary changes in diet and try the natural and herbal remedies to see if they will work for you. If your sleeping pills are prescribed you should consult with your doctor and or a sleeping specialist first prior to mixing or completely stopping to take the medication.

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your physician before making any changes that might go against present doctor advised instructions.

Namaste'

Insomnia: Why Women Cant Sleep?
Insomnia: Why Women Cant Sleep?

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VioletSun profile image

VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

This article is very informative and accurate. I started experiencing insomnia when I was about 35 and lasted until my early 50's; had I known it was hormone related, I would have taken steps to remedy this. I did a health consultation with Tatjana, a hubber who is a natural healer, and she sent me homeopathic remedies to balance my hormones, and the insomnia left me. I have been sleeping well for the past 6 months, and actually look forward to going to bed now, its a relief!

Thanks for the cherry juice tip, will buy it as its healthy and will ensure my good sleep.

Bookmarked and rated up!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Great hub. It is true you the older you get the less you sleep. I use Melatonin and it works as long as you are ready to settle down


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anglnwu 5 years ago

My problem is not getting enough sleep. I love to sleep--I'll pick it over food. Still, this hub offers practical solutions to overcoming insomnia. Food choices are important and you've given quite a few examples of "sleep-induced" foods. Rated useful.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@VioletSun - Hi VioletSun, it's great to see you. Thanks sooo much for taking the time to share your story; I'm sure others will benefit from it. Wow over 15 years of interrupted sleep that is a long time. It definitely validates just how important it is to find out what is causing one not to sleep. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story of finding restful sleep. Namaste' :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@gr82bme - Hi, I agree that you do have to be in the mode of going to sleep in order for any of the remedies to work really well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on insomnia, why women can't sleep. :)

@anglnwu - Hi anglnwu, I have a friend that could sleep all day whenever time permits. She probably prefers to sleep over food also. And teenagers seem to go through that phase as well. Maybe it just takes longer for some individuals' bodies longer to replenish themselves. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Once I started going through menopause, I had sleeping often. A glad of warm milk or 1 gm of melatonin always helped.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi 2besure, thanks so much for sharing your experience with insomnia, I like to hear from people that have already tried what I'm writing and learn that it works for them. Thanks for the read and commenting. :)


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

My mom had her menopause a couple years ago and she's been complaining about her insomnia pretty often lately. Hopefully these tips will help her. So thanks a lot for sharing!


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I had long accepted that my sleepless nights are caused by insulin surge. I drink a warm cup of milk to quiet my nerves and induce sleep again. It works! Thanks for the detailed other causes of insomnia. Very useful information, I vote up.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Om - Hi Om, I hope some of these suggestions works for your mom as well. There is nothing worse than to be tired and sleepy in the day time and not able to sleep at night. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

@Lita - Hi Lita, glad to hear that the glass of warm milk works for you. Thanks for the read and commenting. :)


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

My insomnia is usually caused by two things; a full moon, and my sleep apnea mask keeps make a stupid sound(like farting,really!)when I move to a new position.

Didn't know that about cherry juice.


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

thank you, i find this lens very helpful.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady - O.k. now bayoulady, I thought the sleep apnea mask was suppose to help you sleep not make weird noises that wakes you up. LOL! Unfortunately, I haven't ran across any remedies that can help you on the two you mentioned. Please check back later on and let us know if the tart cherry juice helps. Good luck to you. :)

@midnightbliss - You are welcome and thanks for stopping by. :)


.BadCompany 5 years ago

That moi Girl, you keep writin these hubs and this time next yer you will be sunnin yerself on a beach ; )


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

LOL, I hope you are right B.C.; I've really been working hard and deserve a much need break especially by then. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Rabia Sajjad 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

Facing same problem right away...Cant sleep as per requirement because of my one year old daughter and losing my facial glow day by day...I was really worried about that...thanks for sharing such a nice hub...m new to hubpages...looking forward for your comments on my hubs...


navp 5 years ago

My mom had her menopause a couple years ago and she's been complaining about her insomnia pretty often lately. Hopefully these tips will help her. So thanks a lot for sharing!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Rabia S - Thanks for stopping by,commenting, and sharing your thoughts.

@navp - Thanks for sharing with your mom, hopefully she can find a remedy to help her sleep. :)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Black Cohosh is one of the most outstanding natural ways to fight the insomnia monster. Melitonin is another good selection you provide, however I have read that it can reduce your sex drive to some degree with continued use. So I stay with the Black cohosh. Not being able to sleep is an issue women must find a way to overcome. Really good hub with wonderful information. Thank you. UP and awesome!

K9


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

I agree that it is important for women to find a way to overcome the lack of sleep. Especially since the immune system becomes weak when an individual does not get enough sleep. Thanks K9 for stopping by and sharing your experience, and the ratings. :)


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Strange, I had way more sleep problems and worries in my 20's than I do now I'm older. I sleep like a baby now because I've learned the stuff I worried about in my 20's and 30's was useless anyway. So I've learned not to worry. Interesting hub though. Exception to every rule I guess.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

There are numerous reasons the can cause the onset of sleep deprivation at different ages, hormones and what one eats are only two examples. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your personal experience about this subject. :)


Lisa 5 years ago

I definitely noticed my sleep problems were hormonal because I first experienced them with both pregnancies. I'm now in menopause and for at least the last 5 yrs. I've been taking magnesium; first 250 mg and then lately 400 mg per day. That has worked for quite some time, but recently I was occassionaly having some waking up in the middle of the night so I've added the melatonin. I take both right before bed, but I will try taking the melatonin earlier as mentioned.

Great hub. I think this is such a big issue for women and we need all the info. we can get to maintain a good night's sleep.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Lisa for stopping by and sharing your story. I do agree that with almost 50 percent of women missing out on a good night's sleep we do need to share the info of what can help. Again, thanks for sharing your experience. :)


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

yeah, buddy........

it's tuff to be a nighttime girl in a daytime world


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Diane Inside 5 years ago

It appears that I many be going through some of this perimenopause, as I am reading this hub at 2:45 in the morning. Thanks for the tips.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

Because they cursed with the affliction of caring too much....


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Margaret W 5 years ago

Thanks for the article. I've always been a little arrogant about may ability to get 8 hours every night but now I realize I can be develop insomnia as I get older.

One note to readers: I read that a regular intake of caffeine at any hour of the day (not just before bed) can interfere with sleep patterns.


jesslearn 5 years ago

Had no idea hormones had so much to do with sleep. I'm 5 months post partum and I thought it was mostly my daughter interfering with my sleep, but I wonder if my still-wacky-hormones have something to do with the times I wake up in the middle of the night for no reason...


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@onegoodwoman – LOL, I have to agree, according to the articles I read, we need to re-adjust ourselves to go to bed earlier, however, I always feel as though I’m missing something when I do. :)

@Diane Inside – You are welcome Diane. I was born at night and I’ve been a ‘night owl’ all my life. Needless to say, I wish I could sleep longer in the mornings. Thanks for the read. :)

@The Suburban Poet – Yeah, you’re right, but someone has to care or the world would be in a bigger mess if no one cared about others. :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Margaret W – Unfortunately based on my research findings and the comments here left by other women, it seems that unless a woman gets to skip the hormonal changes it appears at some point in life she will mostly have to endure not getting enough sleep. I guess it’s just another task that we must endure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

@jesslearn – Hhhmmm, that would be something good to ask your doctor. It might be hormonal or maybe ‘new mother’s jitters’. Our bodies are so uniquely made that it really could be any number of reasons. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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parkersarah8415 5 years ago from USA

Insomnia can be pretty serious if you don't take measures on time.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

@Money Glitch,

That's right. Hey, I wasn't being flippant... It seems the women I know carry all their cares and worries to bed with them instead of leaving them in the hallway on the other side of the door. It's not a complaint; just an observation...


lyjo 5 years ago

Great Hub,

Horomones would be the culprit for me...doin the peri-menopause thing for a number of years now, overall I feel pretty good except for the frequent urination during the night, which of course wakes me 2-3 times/night...I've always been an early to bed, and early to rise....but these last few years my wake time can be between 4-5am....one thing that I have found a God send for mood swings is a herbal product....Evening Primrose....it helps with a number of things....thanks for the info, take good care,


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@parkersarah – Thanks for the read and stopping by to comment. :)

@The Suburban Poet – You are exactly right. I think it is a part of a woman’s genetic make up to worry about things and not be able to let it go prior to bedtime. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

@lyjo – I agree Evening Primrose is a good herb that does help with a number of ailments. Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your story as well as what you have found that works for you. :)


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lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

Very useful. Most of have experienced some type of harmonal changes which does affect our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Each person is different though.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi LC, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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Carrie.M 5 years ago from MI, United States

Great information Money Glitch! It is so important to try lifestyle changes before prescription drugs. Unfortunately we have become a society about quick fixes. I had never thought of hormonal changes effecting sleep before. I always thought of my sleep issues being caused by stress and not enough exercise.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Carrie.M - You are right about our society being used to 'quick fixes', unfortunately sometimes those quick fixes are doing more harm to our bodies than good.

I too was surprise that hormones could play such a big part in our overall health. Plan on writing more on this at a later date. Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts.:)


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websclubs 5 years ago

Hi Money Glitch,

Sleep and Sleep Deprivation...sleep disorders are common and affect millions of people. causes & effects health problems. Normal Sleep in Adults, Infants, and the Elderly Normal sleep is divided into non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement ...Sleep deprivation is rampant. The problem is due to the high paced lifestyle causing the lack of time to get the sleep we need. Sleep deprivation is characterized by having too little sleep--Long-term sleep deprivation has caused death...signs of sleep deprivation are much more subtle, chronic lack of sleep.50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning adversely- “exercise and nutrition are essential” for optimal health. mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. Nice hub Thanks.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Voted up for this very useful hub. You have great and accurate information that helps so much. Thanks for sharing! =)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome, DjBryle :) I appreciate you stopping by for a read and commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@rajgopal - I've deleted all your comments on my hubs because it is considered by most Hubbers' here to be very rude to promote your hubs the way that you have. See HP's rules below the comment section and please adhere to them. Or you will run the risk of being identified as a spammer. Thanks! :)


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Tara_in_NE 5 years ago

I would love to just stay in bed, especially this time of year when the sun rises late, but at exactly 5:30 every morning my cat comes up and sits up on my chest and petitions for her breakfast so I have to go out to the kitchen and give her fresh food and water, and I can't fall back asleep afterwards. So on my days off I'll just straighten out things in the basement or work on my saltwater fish tank until I'm ready to eat and get on with the day. Or on Sundays I'll just watch the T.V. news until it's time to head out of the house to meet my father, stepmother and in-laws for breakfast and then head to the synagogue afterwards. :)

Anyway, I've found that since taking PremPro (prescribed by my doctor) I've had absolutely NO problems in initially falling asleep!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Tara, Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I was not familiar with PremPro so I decided to do a little research. I'm not a doctor but the side effects and warnings to this prescription drug is a little scary. Please stay in contact with your doctor if you start having any of the symptoms mentioned here. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-5365-Prempro+Oral.... Take care, and thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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smith.alan00 5 years ago from New York City

Hi I like this article really very helpful

Meditation is one of the nice remedy for insomnia.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, Now meditation is a great idea and it is so true that many people fall asleep while attempting to meditate. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


DexiSpecs 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your article and all the great comments as I read it at 2 am!! Never used to have a problem getting 8+ hours of sleep at night. Agree that hormones & stress are a troublesome combination. Another common complaint I hear from friends in their 40s is that by the time we actually fall into what feels like a deep sleep, it's morning and the alarm is going off. Exercise helps, but give yourself time to unwind from it. A good nights sleep definitely does wonders! Think I'll try some warm milk :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Dexi, thanks for sharing your wee morning hour thoughts. I hope the warm milk helped. As you mentioned finding time to wind down is an important part of getting a restful night's sleep. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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Jaynie2000 5 years ago

I love reading everyone's ideas. I have had bouts of insomnia for years. I have used redecorating techniques and aroma therapy to help, and find that it does. Thanks so much for sharing your hub. I've got one that I hope may be of help to people as well.

http://hubpages.com/living/Creating-Relaxing-Bedro...


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

What an excellent article! Very helpful...sharing :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

I'm glad you found it helpful, Ms Dee. A couple of my friends have made some of the changes suggested in this article and are now getting good sleep nightly. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Will share with female insomniac friend :-p


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

I hope your friend can find something useful that works for her. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I happened to have problem sleeping lately, this hub will probably help me. I will watch out and eat more of melatonin enriched foods. Great info, thanks !


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Drinking the cherry juice occasionally has really help me to sleep a more restful sleep. Good health to you! :)


Infaith 5 years ago

This is a nice article. I am 35 years old and have bouts of insomnia. Sometimes I deal with it and other times i get very anxious about not sleeping. I need to learn that most woman have trouble sleeping and it is OK. It is nice to hear from other woman. I am not alone.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Infaith, I hope you will try some of the tips I've provided and hopefully at least one of them will assist you in sleeping better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)


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Kamran100 5 years ago

very important hub, you discuss very important issue, thanks for sharing with us, rate up money glitch,


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the read, the rating, and sharing your thoughts. :)


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Rmichelow 5 years ago

Hi essential oils can help with sleep. If you have any medical conditions or allergies you should check with a medical provider first. The essential oil of melissa (lemon balm) mimics the action of GABA in the brain which is critical for sleep. People with thyroid issues and glaucoma should avoid Melissa but for others it can be blended with rose geranium, a "woman's oil" that can help with hormones. If you have hot flashes and sweating think about adding cypress but only if you do not have high blood pressure. Other gentle oils that can help are sandalwood and mandarin, or sandalwood, lemon and neroli -- and even if you can't sleep, the scent is divine.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight on essential oils as a remedy to answering the question of why women can't sleep. I started experimenting with essential oils about a year ago and have had a lot of success. Again, thanks for commenting. :)


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CARIBQUEEN 5 years ago

A number of my female friends complain that they have trouble sleeping at nights. They have tried so many different things that do not seem to work. If they go to bed early, they are up during the early hours of the morning. They are robbed of meaningful sleep. I exercise and try to eat sensibly - so I do not experience that type of trouble. I will pass along your advice.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I'm back! If it's true, I eat large shares of tofu(soy curd) to help replenish my estrogen and ease my insomnia problem. I'll consider the foods you suggest here. This is a great article for me, I'm bookmarking it. Thank you!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

@ CARIBQUEEN - Some of my friends were beginning to complain about having sleepless nights as well. That’s why I begin my research for this hub. It has benefited them all so far. Thanks for sharing it with others. :)

@Lita – Hi Lita, thanks for sharing what has helped to ease your insomnia. It is always great hearing what works for others because it could help someone else. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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Greyhound1 5 years ago

Thanks for a very informative Hub. I am well into post menopause but still have sleeping problems. I find I sleep better if I eat all the 'wrong' foods but then the next day I will really suffer with brain fog, very low mood and lethargy - so try to avoid these types of food.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

LOL, eating the wrong things definitely does make one feel bad later. But, your comments has stirred an idea for another hub. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.:)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Melatonin production slows down in elder years as the pineal gland that produces it tends to calcify, and it is the body's natural antioxidant which also assures REM sleep. Persons following your suggestions and that of their medical professional should also ask about melatonin...and then get a great night's sleep. Good, useful article. Well done.

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