Q: Does sleep quality change with menopause?
A: During menopause, many women are less satisfied with their sleep than previously. The most common complaint is difficulty falling asleep. Other problems include an increase in night-time awakenings and daytime drowsiness. However, actual sleep time and sleep stages are not different from those in premenopausal women, so differences in perception of poor-quality sleep probably have a more subtle background.
Q: Are all sleep and health problems in menopause related to changes in hormone levels?
A: Many women assume that symptoms such as weight gain, sleep disturbances, and fatigue are related to hormonal changes alone, but this is a misconception that can lead to women missing potentially reversible and treatable causes of poor health. Postmenopausal women are at increased risk of snoring and sleep-disordered breathing, which can be the cause of daytime sleepiness and fatigue. These conditions can be treated to improve the quality of life remarkably.
Q: Why do I get hot flashes?
A: No one knows the precise mechanism of hot flashes or night sweats. Hot flashes can also occur in women receiving certain treatments for breast cancer. Hot flashes are worsened by smoking, excessive weight, and physical inactivity. They last about 3–5 minutes, but sometimes can go on for 20 minutes. Some women have up to 20 hot flashes a day; others 1–2 times a week. Hot flashes cause awakenings at night, and women report diminished sleep quality, but there is little evidence to show any major disruption to the various sleep stages.
Q: What can I do about hot flashes affecting my sleep?
A: If the flashes are extremely disruptive, short-term hormone therapy (HT) is still the treatment of choice. However, many women are reluctant to try this due to the associated health risks. HT should not be used by anyone who has had breast cancer or a stroke. Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or gabapentin may be useful.
Q: Can alternative therapies help with hot flashes?
A: The evidence for complementary and alternative therapies is not strong and their effectiveness is questionable. It might be worth trying acupuncture, yoga, or herbal treatments containing phytoestrogens such as red clover, soy, dong quai, or black cohosh. Obviously a cooler bedroom environment is better than a warm or hot one.
Q: How does stress during menopause affect sleep?
A: As estrogen levels decline, the heart and blood vessels as well as other hormones become more sensitive to stress. Increasingly, there is evidence that even day-to-day hassles can impact sleep more significantly during menopause and result in frequent awakenings, less sleep time and slow wave sleep, and poorer quality sleep overall. It is therefore important to try and minimize stress in your life.
Q: Are there any particular sleep disorders associated with menopause?
A: Obesity, raised blood pressure (hypertension), and sleep apnea are more common after menopause. Increases in weight can’t be blamed just on menopause; they are more likely to be the result of normal aging and reduction in physical activity. Obesity is a risk factor for sleep apnea.
Q: Are there any other medical illnesses that are more common after menopause and that can disrupt sleep?
A: Depression and mood disorders become more common after menopause and can result in sleep disruption. Undergoing a hysterectomy after menopause can worsen symptoms of menopause and lead to mood problems. Cancer becomes more common after this stage in life as well and has its own problems associated with diagnosis and management. The incidence of thyroid problems increases and is more common in women; hypothyroidism is associated with fatigue.


Menopause, the transition into midlife, is a normal event in every woman’s life and most women live long enough to experience it. Generally, menopause is said to be present once there has been an absence of any menstruation for 12 months.

The average age at which menopause occurs in Western societies is 51.4 years but it can occur between 40 to 58 years and is also influenced by lifestyle and genetic factors such as smoking, obesity, ethnicity, oral contraceptive use, age at menarche, and duration of breast-feeding. Some women can experience a very early menopause, in their thirties, and if the ovaries are removed at any age after puberty, menopause will result.

The time immediately before and after menopause is called the perimenopausal period. It is a period of transition where changes take place in the hormonal system and brain (with the decreasing production of estrogen and progesterone). Sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue are the most commonly reported symptoms during menopause. Other symptoms include hot flashes, mood disorders, and night sweats.

Top search
- 6 Ways To Have a Natural Miscarriage
- Foods That Cause Miscarriage
- Losing Weight In A Week With Honey
- Can You Eat Crab Meat During Pregnancy?
- Grape Is Pregnant Women’s Friend
- 4 Kinds Of Fruit That Can Increase Risk Of Miscarriage
- Some Drinks Pregnant Women Should Say No With
- Signs Proving You Have Boy Pregnancy
- Why Do Pregnant Women Have Stomachache When Eating?
- Top Foods That Pregnant Women Should Be Careful Of
- 6 Kinds Of Vegetable That Increase Risk Of Miscarriage
- Women and Sleep : Early Stages of Motherhood
- Women and Sleep : Sleep Patterns During Pregnancy
- Women and Sleep : Sleep and Pregnancy
- Women and Sleep : Sleep and Menstruation
- Women and Sleep : Sleep Differences Between the Sexes
- Migraine in Women : Migraine during Pregnancy
- Migraine in Women
- Migraine in Children
- The modern local
- Dubliner Shepherd’s Pie
Top keywords
Miscarriage Pregnant Pregnancy Pregnancy day by day Pregnancy week by week Losing Weight Stress Placenta Makeup Collection
Top 5
- 5 Ways to Support Your Baby Development
- 5 Tips for Safe Exercise During Pregnancy
- Four Natural Ways Alternative Medicine Can Help You Get Pregnant (part 2)
- Four Natural Ways Alternative Medicine Can Help You Get Pregnant (part 1)
- Is Your Mental Health Causing You to Gain Weight (part 2) - Bipolar Disorder Associated with Weight Gain