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Many women experience sleep problems around the menopause. If you struggle to get to sleep, or stay asleep, night after night, this can have a significant impact on your daily life. You may feel tired and irritable during the day – and may have poor concentration, which can lead to accidents. So what can you do to get a good night’s sleep?

In the Autumn 2016 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Bristol GP Dr Gill Jenkins discusses insomnia at the menopause. She has some useful tips on keeping a sleep diary, assessing your lifestyle, getting back into a sleep routine and the different forms of medication available (over the counter from pharmacies and on prescription from your GP).

“Sometimes, sleep problems at the menopause are triggered by physical symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats or aches and pains,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Or some women struggle to get to sleep, or wake early in the...

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