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Often find your mom tossing and turning in bed? Menopause could be the reason why

Updated on:19 December 2019, 12:03pm IST
If you constantly notice yourself tossing and turning during sleep, chances are that your menopause might be complicating the quality of your sleep.
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Your mom’s sleep cycle may also go for a toss due to menopause. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

We often see our mothers complaining of not getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re in the same boat, chances are that your mother might be going through the transitional phase of menopause. Because if the findings of a latest study are to be believed, menopause tends to complicate good night’s sleep.

Also read: It’s not your mom, it’s menopause! Here’s how you can help her deal with this phase of her life

A good night’s sleep not only helps replenish the lost energy in our body, but also facilitates smooth functioning of other parts of the body. Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on a woman’s quality of life and can further lead to major health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.

A new study compared sleep duration, sleep quality, and sleep disorders between 6,100 postmenopausal and pre/perimenopausal Canadian women and documented increased sleep problems postmenopause.

The findings of the study were published in Menopause — the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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Menopause is an inevitable part of a woman’s life. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Affecting 40% to 60% of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, sleep disorder is one of the most common complaints during menopause. The researchers of the study revealed that in comparison to premenopausal and perimenopausal women, postmenopausal women required more time to fall asleep (in excess of 30 min).

Other than this, they were more likely to suffer from sleep-onset insomnia disorder and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Study results appear in the article “Effects of menopause on sleep quality and sleep disorders: Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.”

“This study highlights links between menopause and insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea. Given the known associations with poorer health, sleep problems should be identified and addressed in menopausal women,” said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director.

With inputs from ANI

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