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Yoga Can Help Combat Insomnia During Menopause

Yoga Can Help Combat Insomnia During Menopause A new study compared yoga, exercise and fish oil on the ability to ease menopausal symptoms.

Researchers discovered participants taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home experienced less insomnia — but not to fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats.

“Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it’s good to know that yoga may help them,” said lead author Katherine Newton, Ph.D., a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute.

Unfortunately, the link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this MsFLASH (Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health) Network randomized controlled trial.

The study is e-published in the journal Menopause, ahead of print.

“Hormone therapy is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for hot flashes and night sweats,” Newton said, “and fewer women are opting for hormone therapy these days.”

That’s why MsFLASH tried to see whether three more “natural” approaches — yoga, exercise, or fish oil — might help ease these menopause symptoms.

The study assigned 249 healthy, previously sedentary women at multiple sites, including Group Health, to do yoga, a moderate aerobic exercise program, or neither — and to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or a placebo.

Exercise seemed linked to slightly improved sleep and less insomnia and depression, and yoga also was linked to better sleep quality and less depression — but these effects were not statistically significant.

The omega-3 supplement was not linked to any improvement in hot flashes, night sweats, sleep, or mood.

Source: Group Health Research Institute

Yoga Can Help Combat Insomnia During Menopause

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Yoga Can Help Combat Insomnia During Menopause. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 18, 2019, from
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