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Tired Of Losing Sleep? Here’s How To Fight Insomnia

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Most of us have battled bouts of insomnia at one point or another in our lives. But as we age, it becomes more and more common. Changing hormones can disrupt the balance between sleep and wakefulness — with menopause and perimenopause causing everything from intense night sweats to hot flashes to headaches.

Periods of immense stress can also wreak havoc on your sleep. Do you ever find yourself waking up at 3 a.m. needing to solve the world’s problems? If so, you’re not alone. Anxiety and stress can create a state of hyperarousal, where you’re consumed by negative thoughts — and that means you not only sleep less deeply, but you get less shut-eye overall. (The irony is that we would be better able to face these negative thoughts if we had a full night of sleep each night.)

Nowadays, sleep is practically an industry — with books, apps to track rest, specialty pillows and mattresses, herbal supplements, and more, the list of options is endless. So which of them will work for you? You’ll likely need to experiment with more than one to find the right combination, but the following remedies will get you on the right path to sleeping and staying asleep.