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A good nights sleep may be elusive once women reach their 40s and beyond. Fluctuating hormone levels, a mind that doesnt turn off when you turn in, and getting up to use the bathroom all contribute to sleepless nights and yawn-filled days. If youre tired of counting sheep when you should be snoozing, the following answers to sleep questions can help.

Everything Midlife Women Would Like to Know about Sleep (if they werent too tired to ask)

Everything Midlife Women Would Like to Know about Sleep (if they werent too tired to ask)A good nights sleep may be elusive once women reach their 40s and beyond. Fluctuating hormone levels, a mind that doesnt turn off when you turn in, and getting up to use the bathroom all contribute to sleepless nights and yawn-filled days. If youre tired of counting sheep when you should be snoozing, the following answers to sleep questions can help:What can I do about night sweats?In perimenopause and menopause, declining estrogen levels can cause hot flashes while you sleep, called night sweats. These can be relieved with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but because studies have linked long-term use of synthetic HRT to increased risk of serious illnesses, including breast cancer and heart disease, the latest recommendation is to use the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. (For complete study results go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi/). Bioidentical hormonesnatural HRT--also keep night sweats at bay, but their long-term safety has not been well researched.Some women swear by alternative remedies, including soy products (soy milk, tofu, tempeh, soy nuts), herbs such as black cohosh and dong quai, and vitamins B and E. Before you add more soy to your diet or try herbs, though, talk to your doctor. Soy and some herbs mimic estrogen, so their safety for use by women with breast cancer is questionable. In addition, the FDA does not regulate herbal supplements.After a typically too-full day, how can I get my mind to stop racing and go to sleep?It may help to get problems off your mind by writing them down before bedtime. You can also try learning a relaxation technique, such as meditation or progressive muscle relaxation (tensing and releasing all your muscles, starting at your feet and working up to your head). Listening to soft, slow music before bed may also ease you off to sleep; a recent study showed that it slows heart rate and breathing.I get up to go to the bathroom two or three times a night. Help!As we get older, the hormone system in the brain that normally suppresses the urge to urinate during sleep is disturbed. For some women, a few lifestyle changes solve the problem. Try limiting the amount of liquid you consume for 4-5 hours before bedtime, and steer clear of caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Dont eat a large meal close to bedtime. And losing weight, if youre overweight, will relieve pressure on your bladder. If these dont solve the problem, talk to your doctor.Will working out help me sleep better?Yes, according to a recent study at Seattles Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which found that women age 50-75 who started taking brisk walks for 30 minutes in the morning improved their ability to fall asleep at night by 70%. Working out in the afternoon is good, too. Just avoid exercise within three hours of bedtime, because it can make it harder to fall asleep.My husband tells me I snore. How do I stop?Snoring becomes more common in women after menopause. Try sleeping on your side or stomach instead of your back. To keep from rolling onto your back, sew a pocket into the back of your p.j.s and put a tennis ball in it. If your snoring is loud and persistent, interrupted by pauses in breathing, and your feel excessively sleepy during the day, you may have a more serious disorder called sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor, who can recommend lifestyle changes and other treatments that can get you (and your husband) back to sleep.Might the problem be my bed?Could be, especially if your mattress is over 10 years old. When mattress shopping, lie down on each mattress for at least 15 minutes in various sleeping positions, with your partner if you sleep with a partner. And play it safe: buy from a company that lets you sleep on the mattress at home and return it at no cost. Dont forget your pillow. When you fold it in half, if it doesnt spring open by itself, its time to replace it. Whether you prefer synthetic or down filling, go for comfort.Sweet dreams!

Morning Sickness Survival Tips

Morning Sickness Survival Tips

"Just eat a few saltines and you'll be ok".I don't know about you, but as someone who suffered with prolonged, severe morning sickness (which I affectionately call morning noon and night sickness), when I hear someone say this, I just want to slug them!If you're suffering with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, you're not alone. Most women experience it to some degree during their first trimester. If you're one of the unfortunate few whose symptoms last longer than the typical 6-12 weeks, I empathize. I've had the same experience with all 4 of my pregnancies. I have learned a few things that helped however, and I hope you can get some relief with these tips.1) Getting your blood sugar regulated is priority #1.One theory about why "morning sickness" is worse in the morning (and for some women only occurs then) is because when you wake up from sleep, you have low blood sugar. For some pregnant woman, going 8 hours without food is just a bad idea.You might find it helpful to eat a high protein snack before bed, and even to eat a bite each time you get up in the night to go to the bathroom. (Which in the beginning may be quite frequent!)Personally, I found that what I did first thing in the morning was of paramount importance. I had to eat a few bites of food *while still lying down*. So I either put some food on a plate beside my bed or asked my husband bring me a snack first thing in the morning.Don't jump out of bed. Eat your snack slowly and lie still for a few minutes afterwards. Then slowly get up and immediately go to the kitchen and eat another bite. Again, emphasize protein.2) Avoid foods that cause rapid blood sugar shifts.Fruit juice, sugary snacks, processed cereal (the kind that comes in a box), anything made with white flour, etc...these types of foods cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise then come crashing down, triggering nausea and vomiting. Eat protein foods and whole foods.Meat, cheese, yogurt (be careful here- try plain yogurt with frozen berries mixed in. Most yogurt has way too much sugar in it.), eggs, nuts, nut butters, veggies, and whole grains should be your staples.Even if eating doesn't appeal to you, coaxing yourself to eat a little bit of a protein food every 2 hours will help prevent vomiting. Don't leave the house without carrying a snack with you.3) If drinking water makes you sicker, try these alternatives.It's very important that you stay hydrated. You're going to need extra fluids to support the pregnancy, but many women find that drinking water makes them more nauseated. Some things to try:Smoothies made with fruit, ice and plain yogurt or kefir. The tangy flavor of these two dairy products really hit the spot for me. They also sneak in some extra protein.Water served VERY cold with a squeeze of lemon or lime.Carbonated water with a small amount of fruit juice for flavor.Weakly brewed iced or hot tea with lemon. The small bit of caffeine won't harm your baby. Something about the bitter tannins in tea may help ease nausea.Citrus fruits and melons.4) Avoid nausea triggers as much as possible.Your nose is on hyperdrive during early pregnancy!Stinky smells like poopy diapers, kitchen trash, even morning breath may be impossible to totally avoid, but try your best to avoid smelly situations.Have someone else take out the trash. Have hubby change your toddler when he's home. It's the least he can do!And don't be shy about telling someone who has bad breath, noxious perfume or cigarette smells on them that you're in a delicate condition and need some fresh air. During my pregnancies, my husband had to switch to unscented deodorant and soap, otherwise I couldn't hug him!If cooking smells make you ill, take a break from your usual garlic and onion specialties. Don't be a martyr. Hubby will understand that you can't make his favorite sausage and peppers for a while.Prepare meals that won't stink up the kitchen. Green main dish salads with cold, cut up chicken, steak or hard boiled eggs. Sandwiches are good too.5) Try AromatherapyPut a couple of drops of lavender, mint or lemon essential oil (these oils are generally regarded as safe to use during pregnancy) on cotton balls and keep these in various locations... the kitchen, bathroom, your purse and in the car. Take a whiff when you feel sick. Put a few drops on your pillow.6) Take it easy- but don't forget exerciseI know, I know... exercise is the last thing you want to do when you can hardly get your face out of the toilet! But if you force yourself to take even a ten minute walk outside every day, it WILL help.But do try to take it easy, avoid stress as much as possible, and rest as much as you can. You're doing the very important job of growing a baby. Explain to your other children why you're feeling poorly and that it won't last forever. Call in favors and ask friends to come over to play with your 2 year old for an hour so you can sleep, or ask them to cook extra when they make dinner tonight and bring you a dish.When you feel a bout of nausea coming on, try to lay down for a few minutes in a dark room with your eyes closed. Sometimes if you do this the episode will pass.7) Focus on the positiveSometimes when you're so miserable it's easy to forget what's making you so sick! Remember that statistically, women who experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy are more likely to carry the pregnancy to term.One of my midwives told me that she always worries when a Mom comes in for her first prenatal feeling wonderful...the chances of her miscarrying are higher.So rejoice in your strong hormones! Read pregnancy magazines, birth stories on the Internet, look through maternity clothing catalogs, do whatever you need to do to cheer yourself up and get yourself in the mood for a new baby.8) More Misc. TipsTry eating candied ginger or sipping ginger tea. I found ginger in capsules to be too harsh and they hurt terribly if they did come back up.Brewer's yeast capsules work for some Moms.Try sucking on lemon slices when you're feeling a wave of nausea.Sip mint tea or chew mint gum to help dry up excessive salivating that may trigger nausea.If you have trouble brushing your teeth due to an overactive gag reflex, switch to using baking soda for awhile. The foaming of regular toothpaste may be too much. And brush your teeth in shifts if you need to... first the top teeth, then a few minutes later the bottom teeth, then your tongue, etc.Avoid getting overheated or chilled. Extremes in temperature can trigger vomiting.Try Sea-Bands, available at large drug stores. They're designed for motion sickness but helps some pregnant women.Go with your cravings, within reason. For some reason, pizza and Taco Bell always hit the spot during my pregnancies.Clean the toilet daily, even if it's the only household chore you can do right now. Better yet, have someone else do it. And wear your hair up for awhile. If you're going to be throwing up, at least you will have your hair out of the way and a clean bowl to hug!

Breast Enlargement gives an Aura to your Body

Breast Enlargement gives an Aura to your Body

It is well said that beauty in the flesh will continue to rule the world. Presently, breast enhancement has become the new buzzword among all women. Millions of women every year are trying this scientific technology to enlarge their breast size. Women always have a desire to look more attractive and sexier and thats nothing new. Transforming your body for a better look always costs more and some women get scared to have cuts and stitches. Before, surgical implants were the only way for women but at present new research and development have made it easier and safer to enhance breasts. Breast enlargement with no surgery specially includes creams, pills, oils, herbals and more. But before going to all this you need a good suggestion from a physician. These methods works fine but you have to find out which one works for you well. When you get that just stick with it unless and until you get good results. You can feel the real happiness that you will gain in these methods. Breast enlargement with surgery is costlier, well if you have the money and the desire to accept the risk. Breast enlargement without surgery is cheaper, safer and the risk in it is nothing.You need to keep in your mind, during breast enlargement you have to take protein diets and strictly avoid caffeine because caffeine can be harmful to your body. To have a full and good looking breasts have become the fashion of this generation and women feel sacred if they are gifted with it. Small sized breasts feel you little mortified as if they fit in to the group of something terrestrial. Breast enlargement includes good diets, exercise, medication and its all your plan which breast enlargement method you want to choose. A good breast not only gives an aura to your body but also helps you to gain respect from everyone.

Hair Bows Lingo

Hair Bows Lingo

Makers of hair bows have to quickly learn that there are different widths of ribbons. The width is the length across the ribbon. The more common widths used are 1.5, 7/8, 5/8, and 3/8. Some the lesser used ones are the really wide ribbons in 2.25, which make a really large and thick "hair bow" . Sometime ribbon factories make ribbon in 1 widths. This width is very close to the 7/8 and is sometimes hard to tell the difference. Ribbon manufacturing companies can come out with their own unique widths, but generally, these are your only options.The 1.5 width is a good ribbon width to start with because there is more to hold and work with. The 7/8 or 5/8 widths are good for making center knots for the bows. The 3/8 is a nice width for very little bows or they make a nice center for a larger hair bow. I would not suggest knotting a 3/8 width ribbon unless it was for a very tiny hair bow, or you are placing it on top of a 7/8 or 5/8 width ribbon and then knotting it for a fun look.Some ribbon makers like to use wood burning tools for what they call heat sealing their ends. Most grosgrains will melt at very high temperatures, and that is simply all bow makers mean when the say their ends are heat sealed. There are now other tools being made just for sealing off ribbon ends to keep them from fraying, and several ribbon web sites are now offering them to their online customers for making "hair bows" .Another popular way to keep your ribbon ends from fraying is by applying Fray Check or any other brand to the ends of your ribbon. It is a liquid that, when dry, will harden and not allow the ends to fray. These products can be found in any craft store. Be careful when trying out different brands because some will leave a mark on the ribbon and not dry clear. You do not want to apply so much though that it drips off the hair bows or leaves a runny mark down the ribbon.Then there are the hair clip or hair fastener options for hair bows. The alligator clip looks like an alligators mouth when it opens and closes. It generally has no teeth on this style of clip. They do however come in double pronged and single pronged. Single pronged is nice when you are going for the least heavy and bulky, and double pronged is nice when you need that extra prong to hold it in the hair.A French clip is the kind that you squeeze two prongs to release if from the closed position, and will spring open like a mouse trap because of the tension it is under by the semi-loose bracket on the inside. That bracket is in the shape of a crescent.Probably less common, are the plastic clip or barrette and a snap, which some makers of hair bows use, and they are pretty simple in nature and are plastic or metal so to give you the lightest possible weight on finished hair bows.

Moms Have More Fun!

Repeat after me... "Moms have more fun!" Doesn't that feel and sound good? As moms, we work hard keeping our family happy and healthy but what about ourselves? Do you realize how important having a little fun is? By incorporating fun into you life, you will notice a more positive attitude beginning to emerge and you will also see that adding more fun into your life ultimately lowers stress.You can increase the fun in your life by focusing on the activities you enjoy the most, spending more time on fun activities, or increasing the number of fun activities that you participate in. Taking the steps to adding more fun into your life is as easy as:1- assessing the current activities that you enjoy2- adding new fun activities to your life3- allocating more time for fun activities Following are a few easy steps to take if you are ready to add more fun into your life:Make a *FUN* list. Make a list of the current activities or hobbies that bring enjoyment to your life. Also be sure to include the hobbies or activities that you have never tried but you think would be fun. Set aside time. Make a point to schedule at least 2 hours to do one of those activities on your Fun list. I know that your lead a busy life but out of your 168 hour week, just set aside 2 hrs to devote to your fun. You wont regret it.Make having fun a habit. Having fun should be a priority in your life. Here are some simple suggestions that you can follow in order to add some fun into your life without eating up a lot of time: Read a funny book, story or the comics, share a joke, watch a funny TV program or movie, laugh out loud at something silly that one of your loved ones did or do something silly yourself.Make your own fun. Take a chore that you normally don't find enjoyment in and spice it up. Instead of just vacuuming, why not turn that chore into something fun and turn on some music and dance while you vacuum. You can do the same with just about any chore or daunting task. You will find that by adding fun activities into your lifestyle that you will begin to feel happier, more relaxed and less stressed. Try it this week! You owe it to yourself.

Understanding Breast Enhancement Options

The more you understand about any subject, the more interesting it becomes. As you read this article you'll find that the subject of Breast Enhancement is certainly no exception. There are numerous breast enhancement options that are available for anyone thinking about breast enlargement. It was designed as a choice for women to be able to enlarge their breasts. The breasts are enlarged either by surgery, or breast enhancement medication. With any enlargement option the benefits include more evenly proportioned breasts, increase in self-confidence, reduced anxiety, and overall beautiful appearance. The first breast enhancement benefit is the ability for the woman to have more evenly proportioned breasts. For all women, the breasts start to develop during puberty and continue to grow, but for some women they may grow unevenly and have one breast noticeably smaller than the other. This could lead to the woman feeling extremely self-conscious or even disfigured. However, with breast enlargement surgery, a female is able to have the benefit of evenly size breasts. A second breast enhancement benefit would be the amount of self-confidence that a woman would receive after the surgery. Breast enlargement is definitely indicated for women who have lost their self-confidence or developed low self-esteem because their breasts are disproportionate to the size of their body or their breasts are not the size of an average woman. There are quite a number of women who have small breast size and are uncomfortable to undress around other women or their spouses. Breast enlargement can definitely be used to help them. Lastly, the third breast enhancement benefit would be giving the woman the ability to look and feel beautiful especially in her clothing. With the right size cleavage, a female who has experienced breast enlargement, can feel better about wearing clothing such as swimsuits, bikinis, or fitted blouses. Larger breasts make the waist look smallerAnd now, in recent years, a woman can experience all of these wonderful benefits with just taking hormone breast enhancement supplements everyday for a period of a few months rather than spend her hard earned money on expensive surgery. Breast enhancement supplements will make a woman feel beautiful on the inside and out. Breast enhancement surgery only fixes whats wrong on the outside. Breast pills give women energy and increases her libido as well. Men love the look of big beautiful breasts and have since the beginning of time. So they benefit from this as well!

Summary

A good nights sleep may be elusive once women reach their 40s and beyond. Fluctuating hormone levels, a mind that doesnt turn off when you turn in, and getting up to use the bathroom all contribute to sleepless nights and yawn-filled days. If youre tired of counting sheep when you should be snoozing, the following answers to sleep questions can help.