Every woman is pretty familiar with the signs of menopause—unbearable hot flashes, thickening waists, moods that fluctuate wildly—but what about all those other signs of “aging," like thinning hair, flighty cycles, brittle nails, and weird sleep disturbances? We’ve learned it’s likely perimenopause, a drawn-out period of time when your body’s reproductive system slows down until you hit menopause, which is actually the technical term for the full year anniversary of not having a period. We asked Dr. Maggie Ney, the co-director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center in Santa Monica, to explain exactly what’s happening, and whether there’s anything to be done to make the process a little less disruptive.
A good night sleep is essential to clear thinking, more and deeper compassion towards yourself and others, less engaging of the mind and more heart-felt connections and hence better health. As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to reprint an article on insomnia I wrote 4 years ago. Nothing much has changed since then, just more and more medication on the market trying to make you believe that the way to better sleep is through drugs. If you are among the 70 million plus Americans suffering from insomnia, you have likely either tried or been temped to try one of the “designed” sleeping medications on the market.