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Natural Medicine: Sleep Trouble, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Kicking the Sugar Habit

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My sleep problems started after age 30 and grew worse as I became a mother. I wake in the night and have difficulty getting back to sleep. Why do we have a harder time sleeping as we age, and what can I do?One of the biggest causes of sleep-maintenance insomnia is faulty blood sugar control. Anytime blood sugar levels drop rapidly, it causes the release of adrenaline and cortisol. If this situation occurs when we are sleeping, it causes us to wake up and makes it difficult to get back to sleep. The best approach is to work to reduce blood sugar volatility during the day by eating a low-glycemic diet, avoiding foods that cause a big elevation in blood sugar levels—such as high-sugar foods or too large a portion of starchy food. I also recommend taking a highly viscous dietary fiber supplement such as PGX, guar gum, or psyllium before meals to help stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day and night.There is so much misinformation out there about hormone replacement therapy. I’m surprised that I still have friends taking HRT. Is it worth the risk?Despite clear evidence that there is significant risk …

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