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“Gender, Aging, and Sleep: Exploring Menopause-Induced Sleep Disturbances”

Understanding the Impact of Menopause on Sleep Quality

The transition into menopause can be accompanied by physiological changes that impact women’s sleep quality. These modifications, influenced by variations in hormonal levels, often lead to sleep disturbances.

Why Menopause Affects Sleep

The phase of menopause is characterised by a decline in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones have pivotal roles in regulating sleep. The Thermal regulation system of the body is highly influenced by estrogen drops. This triggers hot flashes and night sweats which are known to disrupt sleep and cause insomnia.

Sleep Disorders linked with Menopause

Research links menopause with an increase in sleep-related disorders. Chronic insomnia, which constitutes difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and early awakening, is commonly observed in menopausal women. An elevated risk of Sleep Breathing Disorders and Restless Legs Syndrome also exists amongst menopausal women.

Co-existing factors Exacerbating Sleep Problems

The environment and lifestyle choices can worsen menopause-induced sleep disturbances. Factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, high stress and anxiety levels, and depressive symptoms tend to amplify sleep-related complications during menopause.

Final Thoughts on Menopause and Sleep Difficulty

Sleep disturbances during menopause are unfortunately inevitable for some women, yet being aware of causes, symptoms and triggers can help mitigate their impact. Lifestyle modifications along with medical advice can contribute towards improving sleep quality during this critical phase in women’s lives.


Further information on sleep difficulties related to menopause can be accessed in the referenced PDF “Sleep and Menopause.”


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