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Low-Dose Hormone Therapy Linked to Improved Sleep Quality in Recently Menopausal Women

By jeremyc | September 6, 2017

It is estimated that about 40-60 percent women in early menopause or perimenopause have difficulty falling sleep and staying asleep due to changes occurring in the body during this time. Most of these women also experience night sweats and hot flashes, both make it difficult to achieve and stay in sleep. A recent study has found that these women might gain from hormone therapy at low dose.

In this study, the researchers set out to find how two types of hormone therapy—oral and patch—affect the quality of sleep and investigate the link between hot flashes, quality of sleep, and hormone therapy.

According to experts, poor sleep can have serious consequences over time. Sleep deprivation for a long period can cause heart disease, among others.

All the women considered in this study have had their menopause recently. These women provided information about their sleep quality, as well as about night sweats and hot flashes.

The researchers found that women who used hormone therapy in low dose recorded two times better sleep quality than women who used placebo. Additionally, it was found that quality of sleep became better with reduction in night sweats and hot flashes. However, the researchers agreed, it is unclear whether poor sleep causes the aforementioned symptoms or if they occur because of low quality of sleep.

 

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