Skip to content

Menopause Health Center

Worst Menopause Symptom? Lack of Sleep

Study: Trouble Sleeping Tops List of Most Bothersome Menopause Symptoms
Font Size
A
A
A
By
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 22, 2008 -- New research shows that women in early menopause report that lack of sleep is their biggest problem.

Researchers interviewed 110 women. All were healthy white women between the ages of 43 and 55 with an average age of 49. They all had experienced their last menstrual period within the last three years.

The study rated the persistence and severity of these symptoms: hot flashes, day sweats, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep difficulties, mood issues, and forgetfulness.

The respondents were asked if they had a certain symptom during the past week and if so to rate how severe it was.

The survey showed that:

  • 94.5% had difficulty sleeping
  • 92% felt forgetful
  • 83% had hot flashes
  • 87% experienced irritability
  • 85.5% had night sweats

The most severe symptoms among the participants were trouble sleeping, night sweats, and irritability.

The respondents said they were less affected by day sweats, depressed mood, vaginal dryness, and breakthrough bleeding.

Researcher Judith A. Berg, PhD, says in a news release that "our study looked at women who were relatively young and the time lapse since their last period was shorter than in a number of previous studies. It is known that hot flashes or flushes increase as the menopause progresses and emerging data suggests that other symptoms are more severe in the earlier stages."

The researchers say only highly symptomatic women were recruited and they may not reflect the general population. Also, only white women were involved in order to isolate any cultural differences in how symptoms are perceived.

The findings appear in the April issue of Journal of Clinical Nursing.

(What have you tried that helped you get better sleep during menopause? Share with others on the Menopause: Support Group board.)

Today on WebMD

woman walking outdoors
How to handle headaches, night sweats, and more.
mature woman holding fan in face
Symptoms and treatments.
 
woman hiding face behind hands
11 ways to keep skin bright and healthy.
insomnia
Is it menopause or something else?
 
senior couple
Video
mature woman shopping for produce
Article
 
Alcohol Disrupting Your Sleep
Article
mature couple on boat
Article
 

Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

It's nothing to sneeze at.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Thanks!

Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

mature woman tugging on her loose skin
Slideshow
senior woman wearing green hat
Article
 
mature woman
Article
supplements
Article
 

WebMD Special Sections