Practicing yoga during menopause at home can help you treat insomnia. It may not have any impact on fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats, according to scientists. They found this after examining subjects for a 12-week period.
According to a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, who was involved in the study, many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it's good to know that yoga may help them.
MsFLASH (Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health) Network randomized controlled trial tried to see if three more "natural" approaches - yoga, exercise, or fish oil - may 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 study appeared online in the journal Menopause.
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