Too Hot to Sleep? Severe Hot Flashes Linked to Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Early diagnosis important to control risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and death Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What, if …

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7 Simple Ways Women Can Fight the Middle-Aged Spread

Are your jeans fitting a little tighter? Have you noticed more flesh hanging over the belt-line? If so, you may be suffering from what is often called the “middle-age spread.” And no, it’s not all your fault. There are definite changes that occur at middle age that compel the body …

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Menopausal? Anxious? It’s Normal—Here’s What to Do

Ellen was getting frustrated. She had felt “off” for going on a year-and-a-half. It was hard to pinpoint her symptoms at times, but they included things like brain fog, difficulty sleeping, and changing appetite, so she figured she was going through the early symptoms of menopause. She was about the …

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Fibromyalgia: Not the Flu

Imagine what it feels like when you have the flu: You’re exhausted and it feels like you’re carrying 50 pound sacks on your shoulders, your body hurts, you have a headache, it’s hard to get comfortable, you’re limited in what you can do, and you’re cranky because of these things. …

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Women Over 50: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

I’ve heard it said that we don’t need as much sleep as we get older. Some research seems to support the idea. When asked to stay in bed for 16 hours in the dark each day, younger people (18 to 32 years) slept an average of 9 hours, whereas older …

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4 Ways Your Job is Hurting Your Health—and How to Fight Back

Women often view their jobs as their lifelines. Not only is the paycheck critical to our survival, but the daily interpersonal interaction, professional challenges, and potential for growth are central to our mental and emotional well being. It’s no wonder, then, that we spend so much time working. A 2016 …

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Acupuncture – A Complementary Therapy With Promise

Acupuncture is an ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involving thin, flexible needles inserted at certain points along the body – typically called ‘meridians’. The idea being that the insertion of these needles at these predetermined points can help restore the optimal flow of energy – called ‘qi’ (pronounced: …

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7 Ways Women Can Enjoy More Energy in Winter

It’s early February, but already I’m feeling it. Are you? It’s that draggy, tired, “blah” feeling that winter can bring. Many areas of the country have experienced some pretty severe winter storms, with one coming right after the other, giving us little time to recover in between. I know I’ve …

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How to be a Happier, Healthier Caregiver

I met a new friend a few weeks ago who was visibly stressed. Her husband had passed away unexpectedly about six months before. Meanwhile, she was at her wit’s end caring for her 94-year-old mother, a woman who was desperate to maintain her independence while suffering from health problems that …

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Menopause: New Research and Developments

An e-card from Someecards reads, “’Menopause really isn’t that bad,’ said no woman ever.” Another one says, “Oh, I understand it now…Menopause is just puberty’s evil older sister.” We laugh because we know it’s true, whether or not we’ve experienced “the change.” New research and developments in understanding menopause and …

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