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4:00 a.m.

It’s that time again, friends. My weekly search for articles on menopause did not disappoint. But before we dive into those, I want to share what has been going on with me this week. For the last ten days or so, I found myself blowing my nose half the day and coughing throughout the night. Now, I am taking an antibiotic and cough suppressant, and I feel a bit better. As if not feeling well wasn’t enough, every other night, I wake up around 4:00 a.m. I mean, eyes wide open and up like a baby for its next warm bottle.

No doubt that once I am up, it is hard to fall back asleep. Most nights, I just lay in bed and think about random stuff. One morning I went to the kitchen, sat at the table, and ate a bowl of cereal. Last night I put in my earplugs and listened to my favorite playlist. Luckily, schools were closed today so that I could sleep in for an extra hour. The worst part of these nights of insomnia is that the alarm clocks start going off before you know it, and our crazy morning cycle is in full effect. When I get back from dropping off the kids at school, I keep saying that I will sit down and relax. That never happens. I log back on for work and keep going. By lunchtime, I am drained, sleepy, and moody. Almost everyone and everything will irritate me. Oh, and the SPAM calls. I cannot tell you how many numbers I have blocked. Ridiculous.

Hopefully, I will be back to myself in a day or two and book a Pilates class or take a 2–3-mile walk. For now, I will drink plenty of water, eat three square meals, and go to bed on time – just in case I wake up again. Enjoy this week’s articles; they offer great advice for menopause symptoms, signs to look out for that may not be related to menopause, and a book titled “Menopocalypse” by Amanda Thebe.

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