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For immediate release: 30 October 2008

Get a good night’s sleep

If you’re experiencing sleeplessness on a regular basis, you’ll know how distressing this can be. A lack of sleep, often caused by night sweats, can make you feel tired and depressed during the day, adding to the misery of your other menopausal symptoms. The good news is that using complementary therapies may help to return your sleep patterns to normal.

In the Autumn 2008 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, freelance medical writer Alyson Huntley outlines the complementary therapies that are backed by some clinical research. Around half of all women use alternative approaches for their menopausal symptoms; those experiencing insomnia may wish to try herbal medicines (such as valerian or passion flower), acupuncture or relaxation therapies.

“Insomnia is common at the menopause, and many women are now trying complementary approaches,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “It is important though that they see a qualified practitioner and check that any herbal medicines won’t interact with any conventional medicines they are taking.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects, like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition, lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. breast cancer). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and health professionals. Other articles in the Autumn 2008 issue include coming off HRT, the menopause consultation and all about diabetes. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to



1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.
2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; complementary therapies at the menopause; phytoestrogen and herb safety; osteoporosis treatments; memory problems; getting your libido back; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 72

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