According to research carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, US, menopause does not affect sleeping patterns.
The study was led by Ellen W Freeman, a research professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Perelman School of Medicine. The findings were that sleeping patterns did not seem to be affected by the onset of menopause.
However, the study showed that women in their late 30s and 40s who already had sleeping problems noted that this was made worse during menopause.
Only 25% of women involved in the study developed slight sleeping problems during a 16 year period around menopause (not an insignificant number in my opinion!).
Obviously, studies can only give a snapshot of those women taking part in the study. They may have been women who do not suffer from night sweats, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and other menopause symptoms that are very likely to cause women’s sleeping patterns to change.
Ms Freeman said “Sleep problems are a major issue for women approaching mid-life, particularly for women who have moderate or severe sleeping problems before reaching menopause as they are likely to experience increased issues throughout the transition.”