Hormone therapy is the only FDA approved treatment for night sweats and hot flashes, and less women are choosing hormone therapy nowadays. A lot of women go on hormone therapy mainly because they need to sleep. That’s why Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH ) sought to evaluate if 3 more natural approaches, such as exercise, yoga, or fish oil, may be able to help ease the symptoms of menopause.
According to the study, participating in a yoga class for 12 weeks and practicing yoga at home was associated with less insomnia during menopause. The association between yoga and improved sleep was the only significant result in this randomized controlled study.
A lot of women experience insomnia during menopause, and it really is good news to know that yoga might be able to help them.
The researchers allocated 249 healthy and formerly sedentary women at different sites to do either yoga or a moderate aerobic exercise program, as well as to supplement with an omega-3 fatty acid or take a placebo.
Exercise appeared to be associated with slightly better sleep and less depression and insomnia, and yoga was also associated with improved sleep quality. The omega-3 supplement wasn’t associated with an improvement in sleep, night sweats, hot flashes, or mood.
The conclusion of the research was that yoga is an effective alternative to hormone therapy for the treatment of insomnia during menopause.