While insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, surgical menopause is likely to exacerbate sleep disturbance, warns a new study. Surgical menopause is often accompanied by more psychological and physical difficulties, and nearly 20% of postmenopausal women report sleep disturbances. Research has linked insomnia with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes and other conditions.
"Early surgical menopause is known to be associated with more severe menopause symptoms," said JoAnn Pinkerton, of the University of Virginia in the US, adding: "This is why it is important to evaluate the quality of sleep in women after surgery leading to menopause, because insomnia and broken sleep can cause fatigue, mood swings and lower quality of life. "
For the study, published in Menopause, the team looked after more than 500 postmenopausal women. The findings showed that women in the menopause group reported having severe sleeping problems, especially for sleeping time and sleep efficiency compared to women in the menopause.
In addition, women who underwent menopause surgery were found to be more than twice as likely to have insomnia. The increased severity of menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, can disturb sleep in a woman's life when sleep problems are already an issue.
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First Published: Nov 14, 2018 14:41 IST