Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
How to sleep during the menopause? Many women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes that, when nocturnal, can disrupt sleep. Ninety percent of women experience symptoms during menopause with 25-50% describing sleep disturbances. In particular hot flashes and night sweats cause repeated awakenings due to the sensation of heat and sweating as well as increased heart rate and anxiety. Because the sleep disturbance is related to temperature it is important for sleep to have a cool temperature in your bedroom with light, cotton, bed linen and you want to avoid anything that also raises body temperature before bed. Hormone replacement therapy, if considered appropriate by your doctor, can help you sleep better by relieving severe hot flashes.