Television is often too stimulating an activity. Some strategies that may help with insomnia include the following:
Maintain a quiet, cool, dark environment that is conducive to sleep.
If you are unable to fall asleep after about 15 minutes, get up and engage in relaxing activities outside the bedroom, and return to bed when sleepy.
Follow a sleep routine by waking up and going to bed about the same time every day, even on weekends.
Finally, consider prescription therapy. Generally, it is a good idea to discuss this with your healthcare provider and try to evaluate the cause of the problem. Insomnia can be a symptom and the solution is to treat the underlying issues. Drugs may occasionally be used to treat insomnia, although ideally only as a short-term solution. Hormone therapy may improve sleep in some peri- and postmenopausal women, mostly by reducing menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats in women who are symptomatic.
For more questions on menopause, visit the North American Menopause Society’s web site.