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Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby progranulindefect » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:55 am

i am having much improved sleep/no headaches/reduced hot flashes/improved cognitive function with some life style hacks involving no supplements. just $10 uvex blue blockers from amazon and some other measures. i don't have the apoe4 gene, but i have another genetic vulnerability (my screen name), and i was (and to a reduced extent still am) suffering from cognitive decline. my mother died from breast cancer, so i am committed to not taking hormone replacement. i found a way to finally sleep. if you are interested, i put in lots of detail here:

https://forum.jackkruse.com/index.php?t ... hes.20610/

i hope my good results continue and my story might help someone else. my daughter thinks i'm better because of the placebo effect. but if that's placebo, i'll take it. my husband thinks i'm getting better because my hormones are shifting. however, i can go right back into having hot flashes (although not as severe) if i do strenuous exercise and/or see screens for long periods at night without blue blocker protection.

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby Jan » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:23 am

Kudos to you for so carefully watching your health, pd. Sleep is so precious, I am so glad your measures are working. Decisions about HRT are not simple or easy - as the site's pages and pages of posts on the issue reflect. (Stavia is aiming for a coherent summary of the entire topic when she can find some free time.) If you search Dr. Ann Hathaway on the site, or in YouTube videos, she offers much information on the subject.
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Postby SusanJ » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:25 am

Pro, congrats on a hack that's working for you. So many have found the blue-blocker glasses make a huge difference. So glad they, and your bedroom changes, are working for you, too!

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby drae » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:17 am

progranulindefect wrote:i am having much improved sleep/no headaches/reduced hot flashes/improved cognitive function with some life style hacks involving no supplements. just $10 uvex blue blockers from amazon and some other measures. ...

i can go right back into having hot flashes (although not as severe) if i do strenuous exercise and/or see screens for long periods at night without blue blocker protection.


So glad I found this post and your link to the other forum. I have only used the Amazon blue light blocker glasses 4 nights but that is four nights of profoundly great sleep and changed life. I am not on HRT and would choose not to go on it but realize I will need an alternative. Now I see I need to learn more about all these things, including exercise. For example, I used to have exercise induced hypoglycemia and have been told I am prediabetic for 40 years now. Anyway, I agree about those who think it is all sugar pills. Sadly, let them think what they want. I love feeling better and look forward to learning to make more lifestyle changes that take my life back.

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby progranulindefect » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:01 pm

i have a challenge for anyone who sleeps badly:
pre1. block out all night light from your bedroom. hang multiple curtains if you need to. this step is the most important one. keep the temp on the chilly side. have a light blanket and heavier blankets that you can switch out by feel in the middle of the night as your temp changes.
1. turn off the circuit breaker to your bedroom at night.
2. turn off the wifi at night.
3. don't have your cell phone or any device in your bedroom at night.
4. wear amber colored uvex glasses when the sun goes down.
5. no fitbit etc on your wrist. no sleep trackers. of course if you need a cgm or a cpap machine, keep those going.

Cost- $10-20 dollars for the glasses.
Benefit- I got my short term memory back and no headaches.

if these hacks work for you, dive in more and go to sites like jackkruse.com or emfwarriors. com. i am ordering yellow-tinted glasses for indoor use in an environment with lots of artificial light. i wear regular glasses when driving or in a room with lots of natural light coming in from the windows. i wear the uvex when the sun goes down in my house. i will also be ordering more stylish amber red glasses for when i go out when the sun goes down as the uvex make you look like you are about to do some welding work or something. outside i wear nothing on my eyeballs, even though it's very blurry, except in situations where I need to see clearly, like when crossing the street.

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Postby Stavia » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:47 pm

progranulindefect wrote:i have a challenge for anyone who sleeps badly:
pre1. block out all night light from your bedroom. hang multiple curtains if you need to. this step is the most important one. keep the temp on the chilly side. have a light blanket and heavier blankets that you can switch out by feel in the middle of the night as your temp changes.
1. turn off the circuit breaker to your bedroom at night.
2. turn off the wifi at night.
3. don't have your cell phone or any device in your bedroom at night.
4. wear amber colored uvex glasses when the sun goes down.
5. no fitbit etc on your wrist. no sleep trackers. of course if you need a cgm or a cpap machine, keep those going.

Cost- $10-20 dollars for the glasses.
Benefit- I got my short term memory back and no headaches.

if these hacks work for you, dive in more and go to sites like jackkruse.com or emfwarriors. com. i am ordering yellow-tinted glasses for indoor use in an environment with lots of artificial light. i wear regular glasses when driving or in a room with lots of natural light coming in from the windows. i wear the uvex when the sun goes down in my house. i will also be ordering more stylish amber red glasses for when i go out when the sun goes down as the uvex make you look like you are about to do some welding work or something. outside i wear nothing on my eyeballs, even though it's very blurry, except in situations where I need to see clearly, like when crossing the street.
pro - I'm so pleased you are feeling better overall on better sleep!

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby slacker » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:18 pm

this is such an important discussion, and does not fit well with the original subject name. Progranulindefect, if you agree (and if it's possible), perhaps the subject name can be changed?
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Postby Julie G » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:53 pm

this is such an important discussion, and does not fit well with the original subject name. Progranulindefect, if you agree (and if it's possible), perhaps the subject name can be changed?

Agree! Maybe we could retitle it: Sleep Hygiene Tips?

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby progranulindefect » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:59 am

you can re-post it under multiple titles, but i want to have my original title left in as one of the multiple titles because i want women who suffer from bad sleep at the time of perimenopause/menopause to have another avenue to explore besides things hormone replacement or other meds that are given for hot flashes and/or sleep which i consider dangerous like any kind of hormone replacement in women with a family history of breast cancer, gabapentin, anticholinergics like benadryl, antidepressants like Effexor, assorted sleeping pills. the things that dr breseden recommends for sleep problems- melatonin, tryptophan, 5 htp do not work consistently. sun fiber does not work consistently. what i posted above does work consistently and is cheap with no risks. what i didn't go into detail about, but what is also very important, is to try to get morning sun, preferably with the sunrise, as it is this sun that is key to melatonin production.

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Re: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacment

Postby Julie G » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:44 am

Understood, Pro. Unfortunately, we're restricted to one title per thread. I think slacker's point was that amazing sleep tips were hidden in a thread with a misleading name. By accurately labelling our threads, we make them widely searchable for other members. How about: Sleep tips for women who don't want to take hormone replacement therapy? FWIW, I am women who DOES take bHRT and I think your tips are terrific for me too. They'd probably help our brother E4s as well ;).


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