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Interrupted nights during menopause cost women FIVE WEEKS of sleep each year, research shows

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Interrupted nights during menopause cost women FIVE WEEKS of sleep each year, research shows

  • A survey of 2,000 women found that women lose five and a half weeks of sleep a year
  • Menopause has caused a number of problems including night sweats and insomnia
  • Two-thirds say they are more tired during the day than they would normally be

A study suggested that women lose five and a half weeks of sleep a year due to menopause.

A survey of 2,000 women found that nearly two-thirds of those going through menopause suffer from disturbed sleep.

These women wake up an average of 2.7 times per night and have a variety of problems including night sweats, insomnia and palpitations.

This is the equivalent of losing two hours and 36 minutes per night, which equates to 5.5 weeks over the course of a year.

The duration of symptoms varies among women, but averages around four years – which equates to more than five months of sleep deprivation during the menopausal period.

Experts have warned that changes in hormone levels can cause sleep disturbances, while – in a vicious circle – sleep disturbances can also change hormone levels.

The survey found that 82 per cent of menopausal women suffer from body temperature problems, with 61 per cent experiencing night sweats, 41 per cent suffering from insomnia and 23 per cent suffering from palpitations.

As a result, two-thirds of women say they are more tired than they normally would be during the day.

Hannah Shore, sleep expert at Silentnight, who carried out the research, said: “Our research reveals the true scale of the problem when it comes to sleep and menopause, with women losing more than a month’s worth of sleep. and every year.

“This is on top of the huge amount of sleep lost during the average female menopause, which can last up to ten years for some women and can cause a range of other problems from insomnia to problems in people’s personal lives.

“To help us access quality sleep throughout the night as we go through menopause, we need our body temperature to drop about a degree or two.”

She added that anyone who has sleep problems during menopause should first visit their GP for advice and further treatment.

It comes as a separate survey by beauty company Avon found that 86 per cent of women feel intimidated by perimenopause – the time when the body naturally transitions into menopause.

Most do not feel informed about the condition, while only 14 percent feel comfortable talking about their experiences.

Earlier this year, the Daily Mail’s Fix the HRT Crisis campaign secured a major victory after pharmacists were given permission to prescribe alternatives to the off-stock treatment.

Other manifesto demands include the immediate introduction of a one-off payment for HRT drugs.

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