How are menopause-related sleep disorders treated?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Women can alleviate their menopause-related sleep disturbances by paying attention to their sleep habits, controlling their bedroom temperature, adjusting the light, and using comfortable (preferably cotton) bed linen. In addition, they should eliminate caffeine, sugar, and alcohol from their diet.

Estrogen therapy has been found to be quite effective for women with severe sleep and mood disturbances who have no history of affective illness. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has also been the treatment of choice for sleep interruptions related to hot flashes. However, study results have caused the safety of this treatment to be questioned. [48]

A combination of antidepressant medications and supportive psychotherapy should be considered for women who have had long-standing difficulties with sleep, depression, and anxiety.


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