Don't just lie there. When you're counting sheep, get up, go to another room and do something low key, like knitting or reading (no TV!), until you feel sleepy again.
Act now if: Bad sleep is affecting your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can be a symptom of other health issues, such as arthritis, hyperthyroidism and acid reflux. It also increases your risk of serious accidents. Tell your doctor about it.
How to keep wrinkles at bay as you age.
6. Think I’d better wear that scarf
Wrinkled skin in your cleavage area is mostly due to decades of sun damage, according to dermatologist Adam Friedman of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Adding to the problem, the skin all over your body gets progressively drier and thinner as you age. Try this…
Get topical. Prescription retinoid creams (such as Retin-A, Tazorac and Differin) turn on genes in the skin that make collagen and elastin, the materials that maintain firmness and resilience in your skin. The creams also break down extra pigments, says Friedman. And they help your skin maintain moisture, adding buoyancy back to it.
Go deeper. Your dermatologist can do an in-office alpha hydroxy peel, which sloughs off the top layer of damaged skin.
Be a screen star. Put SPF 30 on your chest and neck every single day (not just when you’re at the beach) to stave off future damage.
Act now if: You notice a mole, bump or skin growth that’s growing larger, has uneven edges or bleeds. Any of these could be a sign of skin cancer.
7. Are you freezing?
Sure, blame your hormones — a little bit. During menopause there are the too-common hot flashes, often followed by bouts of shivering as your body tries to cool itself down, explains JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. But hot-cold issues go beyond hormones. Your body’s ability to regulate temperature can lessen over time, due to increasingly sluggish circulation, slower metabolism and even the aging of your skin. Try this…
Take a quick walk. If you’re cold, exercise gets blood flowing, warming you up.
Dress in layers. AC temperatures in many office buildings reportedly are based on a male “thermal comfort model” that’s too chilly for the average woman. Solution: Stow a sweater in your bag. If heat is the problem, embrace sleeveless shirts and cardigans, so you can peel layers off as needed.
Eat for heat. If you’re often cold, you might need to eat more. As your body burns calories, it creates heat.
Act now if: You’ve become extra sensitive to the cold, which may mean you have an underactive thyroid.
8. I’d much rather he started to look like me
There is nothing peachy about fuzz on your upper lip, chin and cheeks, which grows when your hormone ratios start fluctuating. With less estrogen in your postmenopausal body, you struggle to keep androgens, the malelike hormones produced by your adrenal gland, in balance, Berson says. The result: facial hair. Try this…
Do it yourself. If you have just a few visible whiskers, use the ol’ standby solutions: Pluck carefully with clean tweezers, wax them, or gently shave the area (yes, this is OK now — just avoid dull razors, and don’t borrow someone else’s).
Have ’em zapped. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair shaft, damaging the hair follicle. The results can be long lasting, although occasional touch-up treatments may be required. For a more permanent solution, consider electrolysis, which zaps the hair follicle itself.
Act now if: You’ve got a severe amount of new facial hair. This could signal a metabolic disorder or a tumor in your adrenal gland or ovary. Let your doctor know about the change; she may wish to run tests.
9. The pipes are falling!
If you feel something inside your body pressing on your vagina, don’t freak out. At least 40 percent of women develop pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the connective tissues in your pelvic area weaken, allowing your uterus, bladder or rectum to push against the wall of the vagina or into the vaginal cavity. The symptoms vary from nearly unnoticeable to intrusive and even painful. Try this…
Enlist an expert. Kegels alone won’t fix this, says urogynecologist Christina Lewicky-Gaupp of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. See a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic-floor therapies (which can include exercise, electrostimulation and biofeedback).
Hold it up. A device called a pessary — a small ring that your gynecologist inserts into the vagina and replaces every month or so — provides support for the sagging organ.
Act now if: You notice blood when there shouldn’t be any. If you have postmenopausal bleeding, get it checked out by a doctor, since it might be a sign of certain cancers.