Did You Know Yoga During Menopause Can Help Insomnia

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Taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home was linked to better sleep in menopausal women—but  unfortunately did very little to reduce bothersome hot flashes and  night sweats. The link between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in  a recent  randomized controlled trial.  Sleep Better With Cool-jams Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it’s good to know that yoga may help them.  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.  Recent research focused on finding  out whether “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.