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Menopause and Sleep: What is the Connection?

Jul 08, 2021

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, boiling hot and completely drenched in sweat?

Or perhaps you keep waking up to have a wee?

Even worse, maybe your brain just won’t stop ticking over and you struggle to fall asleep in the first place.

You’re not going crazy! These sleep issues happen frequently as women travel through the menopause. In fact, more than 50% of postmenopausal women report struggling with sleep.

Why might this happen?

There are a number of possible reasons why our sleep patterns become disrupted at the menopause. This includes the following:

  • Lower levels of oestrogen. Oestrogen is one of the building blocks that help our bodies produce melatonin, the main sleep hormone.
  • Feeling hotter. A high body temperature makes it harder to drop off and stay asleep.
  • Life stressors. When you are feeling worried or under stress, your body struggles to wind down. This could be caused by family, work, coronavirus, finances, health, and so on.
  • Blue light...
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Are You Struggling With Fibroids or Weight gain?

Jun 04, 2021

 

Have you heard about oestrogen dominance, but you're not really sure what it's all about?

Well, today, I'm going to share my knowledge with you. I'm going to get a bit sciencey - but it’s all for a good reason. I want you to understand why it's essential for you to understand why being oestrogen dominant is a problem.
 

Why being oestrogen dominant is a bad thing

You know those debilitating symptoms you've been struggling with for months or maybe even years? Symptoms such as tender breasts, migraines, mood swings, irritability, heavy bleeding, hot flushes, fibroids and weight gain.

It's highly likely that the culprit is oestrogen dominance.
 

What is oestrogen dominance?

There are two main types of oestrogen dominance;

  1. Relative oestrogen dominance

  2. Frank oestrogen dominance.
     

Relative Oestrogen Dominance

First, let us talk about relative oestrogen dominance. This is where you have more oestrogen compared to the amount of progesterone in your body....

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CBD for the Perimenopause and Menopause- Does it Work?

Mar 12, 2021

If you’re experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, you’ve likely heard a lot about CBD oil.

Perhaps a friend suggested that it might help give you some relief, you read about it in your favourite magazine, or you heard that it cured Loose Women’s Andrea McLean’s symptoms, and you’re curious to know whether this wellness trend could help you.

Although I haven’t personally used CBD oil for perimenopause symptoms, I did use it for two years to help me heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which was caused by a virus. It certainly did make a difference.

That’s why today, I’d like to share with you what I know about CBD oil and whether I think it could provide natural help for your perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil, or cannabidiol is one of many chemicals found in the cannabis plant. Although it comes from the cannabis plant, it doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive chemical THC...

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You Don’t Have To Lose Your Libido!

Oct 02, 2020

You don't have to wave goodbye to your sexy underwear and replace them with Bridget Jones full pants when you hit the menopause.

Or be like Samantha from ‘Sex In The City’ where no matter how hard she tried she couldn't reach a climax.
 

Do you remember that scene? I watched it in 2007. I was 41 then, and menopause wasn’t on my radar. I laughed out loud about how they subtly portrayed the taboo topic of sex and ageing women, but I also had a sense of fear about what might lie ahead.
 

Well- here’s the truth. You don't have to lose your libido.
You can still enjoy sexual pleasure right up into your ripe old age.
 

Why oestrogen dominance can reduce your libido
 

It might surprise you to know that there’s a strong link between oestrogen dominance and your libido.
 

It causes the body to become inflamed, which leads to internal stress and can have a significant impact on your body’s production of DHEA.
 

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#28: Feel Better During Perimenopause and Beyond [GUEST POSTCAST APPEARANCE]

Jan 10, 2020

You might remember that a few weeks ago, we welcomed the lovely women’s health coach Lori Massicot to the podcast.

[If you missed it, listen here: #26: How Being Sober Can Enrich Your Life at Midlife]

In that episode, Lori shared her story of how she found alcoholism creeping up on her (even though she didn’t think she drank much at all!) and discussed the massive effect that alcohol had on her hormones, her happiness and her entire life.

Then it was my turn to appear as a guest on Lori’s podcast To 50 and Beyond.

We sat down together and talked about everything from hormonal health, why those blood tests you get from your GP aren’t always to be believed, why antidepressants aren’t always the answer and so much more besides.

I also share more details on my own struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, how I was treated by the medical profession and how I finally reached full health again.

If you’re sick of feeling like you can never top up your...

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#27: Would You Delay the Menopause If You Could? With Dr Lisa Holland [PODCAST]

Nov 29, 2019

A few days ago, I read an article featuring a 39-year-old woman who had part of an ovary removed so that she could delay the menopause and perhaps even have a baby when the time was right for her.

As a trusted women’s health coach who helps guide women through this challenging time, I couldn’t help but become a little introspective.

Would I delay the menopause if I could?

It’s such an interesting topic.

So when I sat down to record this podcast with Dr Lisa Holland, women’s health advocate, life coach, certified yoga therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy and spirit-led entrepreneur, we couldn’t help but discuss what we thought about the topic. As I’m sure you’ll agree, we came to come very interesting conclusions.

But we didn’t stop there. As with all great conversations, we moved through various topics such as what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, how our bodies aren’t what make us female, what meditation is really...

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Will You Feel Fulfilled in 2029?

Nov 16, 2019

Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the year once again and that we’re about to enter a new decade?

When I look back to how life was at the end of 2009, things seemed so very different compared with how they are now, don’t you agree?

I’d just graduated from university and Nicole had just started her own uni life. I was single, looking for a new job and life was good. I had lots of friends around me, I felt happy and optimistic and perimenopause wasn’t even on my radar.

I don’t think I even noticed that we were moving into a new decade, did you?

But the ten years since then have taken me on a very different journey than the one that I would have expected.

I faced a debilitating illness which turned my life upside down. My path back towards optimal health lead me into the work I do now. I had to say goodbye to my dad and also care for my ageing mother through the various ups and downs.

It has been a decade of happiness, fulfilment and joy....

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#26: Why Posture Does Matter with Kathryn Peden  [PODCAST]

Nov 02, 2019

When you hear the word ‘posture’, what comes to mind?

  • Maybe you instantly think of a teacher at school telling you to sit up straight and pull your shoulders back.
  • Perhaps you were made to walk whilst doing your best to balance a book on your head.
  • What about those teenagers who sit slouched over their tablets and other devices for hours?

If any of these thoughts came into your head, you might be surprised to know that good posture isn’t just about being polite and elegant. Not is it just kids who need to be mindful of their posture.

It’s us adults too. Most of us have bad habits that we’ve been carrying with us for years.

We sit for much longer than we did when we were kids, and much longer than the generations before us. We slouch when we read a book. We slouch when we sit watching the telly in the evening. We aren’t as physically active as our bodies need us to be, and then we find ourselves becoming less mobile and suffering from various...

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Do We Need to Use Lubrication When We’re Over 40? 

Oct 18, 2019

This week I was chatting to a female novelist who's in the process of writing a novel about women over 40. It’s going to be quite saucy by the sounds of it!

We got onto the topic of sex and how we only seem to hear stories of women who have lost their libido, that are struggling with dryness and have given up on connecting with another human being that way.

We never get to hear about those women who are thriving post-menopause and enjoying intermittency unashamedly.

Yet there’s absolutely no reason why your sex drive has to decline, why you have to feel dryer ‘down there’ or why sex has to feel more uncomfortable once you hit 40.

Learn how to support your body naturally and you can continue to enjoy your sex life for many years to come.

Today I’d like to explain a bit more about what’s going on in your body once you hit the perimenopause, explain what can make any problems worse and give you some quick solutions that can help.

What is the...

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Is it Possible to Reverse the Ageing Process? 

Oct 04, 2019

One of the biggest struggles we face when it comes to the perimenopause or menopause years isn’t what fun and games our hormones are having with our period, our sex drives or our mood.

It’s how old we feel.

We look in the mirror and we start to notice more grey hair appearing at our temples. We see more creases appearing at the corners of our eyes. We feel more tired, our aches and pains can flare up and we often just don’t feel like we used to.

Combined with psychological burden we face when we’re coming to terms with the idea that we are transitioning to a new era in our lives, we can sometimes feel like we’re ‘over the hill’, ‘old’ or simply ‘past it’.

But whilst we can’t undo our menopause, there’s evidence to suggest that we could slow down the entire ageing process so we can feel stronger, happier and healthier for many years to come.

Today I’d like to talk about what longevity means and share...

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