Hormone therapy is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for hot flashes and night sweats, and fewer women are opting for hormone therapy these days. Many women go on hormone therapy simply because they need to sleep. That?s why MsFLASH (Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health) tried to see whether three more ?natural? approaches, such as yoga, exercise, or fish oil, might help ease these menopause symptoms.
According to the study, taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home was linked to less insomnia during menopause. The link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this MsFLASH Network randomized controlled trial.
Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it?s good to know that yoga may help them.
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 was also linked to better sleep quality and statistically insignificant less depression. The omega-3 supplement was not linked to any improvement in hot flashes, night sweats, sleep, or mood.
The conclusion of this study was that yoga is an effective substitute for hormone therapy when treating insomnia during menopause.