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How can I avoid sleep problems during menopause?

To avoid sleep problems during menopause, there are many things you can do:

  • Get regular exercise (but not too close to bedtime).
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol (which can make it easier to fall asleep, but not stay asleep).
  • Maintain a regular bedtime schedule.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or shower.
  • Stop using electronics at least a half hour before bed, and stash all electronics out of reach.
  • Make sure your room is cool—temperatures between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit are best.
  • Keep your room quiet and as dark as possible.
  • Don't go to bed until you are tired.
  • Keep a cool cloth nearby so you can cool off from a hot flash.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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