Sleep is extremely important. It is a break from the long day at work, the end of the day, and gives us a new day to look forward to when we wake up. Biologically, it is restorative and helps the body recover from diseases, disorders, tiredness, fatigue, etc. A good night’s sleep is especially important when you have had a long day, are extremely tired, are not keeping well, or are going through transition phases physically.
One such transition phase is that of menopause. Menopause is when the production of hormones responsible for reproduction comes to a halt in a woman’s body. The body experiences various changes through the phase of menopause. A recent study has found that sleep complications are also common during the menopausal phase.
The study was published online in Menopause – the journal of The North American Menopause Society. The study compared sleep quality, duration and disorders between postmenopausal and premenopausal women, and found that sleep problems increase postmenopause.
Statistically, also, sleep disorders are more common during menopause and affect 40 to 60 per cent women. Poor sleep quality, disorders, and short duration sleep can have adverse health effects. They lead to poor quality of life, high risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Since certain sleep disorders like sleep apnea are also age-related and are more common in people of older age, women of postmenopausal age are at an elevated risk of such disorders as well.
The study found that postmenopausal women required more time to fall asleep, an excess of thirty minutes when compared with premenopausal women. They were also found to be more likely to suffer from insomnia (a health condition characterized by lack of sleep) and obstructive sleep apnoea.