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Q: What tips can you offer to help improve sleep issues at menopause?

For health professionals

Question


I have a couple of menopausal clients experiencing sleep issues which they believe are hormone-related. What advice or tips do you have to improve sleep that is being compromised by hormones, menopause or perimenopause?

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Answer

From Jean Hailes Endocrinologist Dr Sonia Davison.

The Australasian Menopause Society and Jean Hailes for Women's Health have good guidance on this topic.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be very useful, as can mindfulness and meditation. Melatonin may also be useful, and some women will do very well on menopausal hormone therapy.

There is no single correct strategy. If they are having vasomotor symptoms, these are generally worse at night, and any strategy to reduce these may have a secondary beneficial effect on sleep.

Read a related ‘Ask an Expert: Q&A' answered by health psychologist and CEO of the Sleep Health Foundation Dr Moira Junge.

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Last updated: 
17 January 2024
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Last reviewed: 
17 June 2024