We found an interesting study that wanted to see if practicing yoga can help night sweats and hot flashes. Participants who took a 12-week yoga class and practiced at home found that they had less insomnia, but not fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats. The link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this randomized controlled trial.
Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it’s good to know that yoga may help them get better sleep. As for night sweats and hot flashes there are some natural remedies as well as hormone therapy which is the only Food and Drug Administration approved treatment for hot flashes and night sweats. It seems that fewer women are opting for hormone therapy these days. That’s why scientists are studying some of the more “natural” approaches like yoga, exercise, or fish oil all said to possiblyhelp ease menopausal 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. So ladies, consider doing some gentle yoga before bed before you slip into your Cool-jams to ensure a great night's sleep!