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I can’t flippin sleep anymore

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One of the annoying side effects of my perimenopause is that I wake up at night now. I used to sleep for a good 8 hours or so… and now…. forget it. I wake up a couple of times during the night and I’m totally wide awake and can’t turn my brain off.

I Googled this and I found some tips to share with the class:

Get To Sleep More Easily:

1. Clear your mind – make a list of the things you need to do tomorrow so you don’t lie in bed thinking about it (ya right! Easier said than done!)

2. Prepare yourself – have a ritual and a routine that signals your mind that it’s time to go to sleep

3. Prepare your environment – only sleep and sex in the bedroom! Take the TV out… (umm, that’s not happenning!)

4. Avoid caffeine after 3pm

5. Avoid alcohol consumption 2 hours prior to going to bed

6. Avoid nicotine before bed time

7. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning

8. Get some exercise during the day

9. Avoid activities that stimulate your mind (watching the news, etc)

10. Incorporate a white noise machine or something similar

Anyone have any advice or anything to share on the topic? Feedback is always welcome.

Nighty night.

Sara Purves
Sara attended the Claude Watson School for the Arts, a prestigious Toronto based high school for gifted creative students. She then moved on to the Ontario College of Art and Design for 4 years where she majored in Environmental Design. After graduation in 1993, Sara pursued many creative arenas including: retail store design, fashion design, had gallery exhibitions of her paintings, and volunteered in many areas of the arts before settling into a career in graphic design. Sara was employed as art director and graphic designer at several well known advertising agencies and creative design shops where she worked with a variety of clients. Sara is also someone who’s unwillingly entered early perimenopause and muddles her way through frustrations and solutions.

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