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Lack of sleep blights women entering the menopause

Women entering the menopause are likely to list an inability to get a good night's sleep as one of their biggest grievances, it has been revealed.

According to a study in the April issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing, the most often-cited problem of the women interviewed - who had an average age of 49 and had all experienced their last menstrual cycle in the last three years - was sleep disorder.

Forgetfulness, irritability, night sweats and hot flushes were also mentioned, as were mood swings, depression, day sweats, vaginal dryness and irregular bleeding.

Previous studies had suggested that hot flushes were the biggest problem for menopausal women.

"Our study looked at women who were relatively young and the time lapse since their last period was shorter than in a number of previous studies," commented lead researcher and associate professor Dr Judith A Berg.

"What our study clearly shows is that women who are entering the menopause find sleep difficulties a frequent and distressing problem and that this problem was consistently reported by women in the sample, regardless of when they had had their last period," she concluded.

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