How are sleep disorders in menopause treated?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Estrogen may be helpful in relieving vasomotor symptoms that disrupt sleep or that may have a direct effect on sleep itself. [18]

In a study of postmenopausal women with hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, or mood swings, low-dose estrogen and low-dose micronized progesterone improved sleep to a greater extent than could be explained by a reduction in vasomotor symptoms. [48]

One study using polysomnographic analysis found that isoflavone treatment is also effective in reducing insomnia symptoms. [54]


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