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3 symptoms of menopause and how to cope

If the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause are disrupting your life, try these tips to cope

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For better health and better sleep during menopause

• Cut down on alcohol and coffee.

• Avoid spicy food.

Exercise for at least 20 minutes, three times a week.

• Use relaxation techniques such as yoga and breathing exercises.

• For insomnia, try eating a light snack before bedtime that is mostly carbohydrates and has a small amount of protein that’s high in tryptophan, an amino acid that aids sleep. Some sources of tryptophan include soy and dairy products, lentils and seeds.

• Go to bed at the same time every night.

• Sleep in a dark room.

• Incorporate foods containing lignans, a phytonutrient, into your diet. They’re found in flaxseeds, whole grains, legumes, and some fruits (particularly berries) and vegetables.

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For night sweats and hot flashes during menopause

• Install a ceiling fan in your bedroom.

• Keep a towel close by your bed to blot away sweat.

• Have extra sheets stashed near your bed.

• Dress in layers during the day.

• Wear clothing that wicks away moisture.

• Eat foods that are cooling, such as watermelon and cucumber.

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For vaginal dryness during menopause

• Over-the-counter remedies include vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. Ask your doctor about local vaginal estrogen, which you can get through creams, a vaginal ring or pellet implant.

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