Today, when a woman turns 40, she crosses over into a whole new consumer marketplace, becoming the target of multibillion-dollar industry. Every time she watches TV, flips through a magazine or surfs the web, she’s accosted by ads promoting the latest anti-aging creams, cures for instant weight loss, libido-boosting supplements to revive your sex life, etc. How can a woman over 40 figure out what she really needs?
To help tackle this dilemma, Dr. Oz has gathered expert information on the 7 essentials women over 40 need the most.
In the Bedroom: Lack of Sleep and Lower Sex Drive
Difficulty sleeping can be impacted by stress or other life challenges. However, when a woman hits 40, hormonal changes linked to perimenopause can also interfere with getting a good night’s rest. To compound this, being tired makes you less likely to want to have sex.
A Healthy Bedroom Environment/Relaxing Bedtime Rituals
First, if you’re having trouble sleeping, take a look at your bedroom environment. To induce sleep, make sure the room is dark, quiet and kept at an average temperature; make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable; create relaxing bedtime rituals such as taking a warm bath or shower.
Essential 1#: Valerian Root: If you’re still having trouble sleeping, consider valerian root. Used for centuries around the world, valerian root is a natural herb that can promote relaxation and sleep, a safer alternative to habit-forming prescription sleep aids. Try drinking valerian root tea a couple of hours before bedtime. As with all supplements, talk to your doctor first before taking valerian.