Postmenopausal women who suffer from hot flashes and sleep disorders could be helped by a drug originally designed to treat seizures, according to a new study.
The report, conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, used analysis of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index to determine the quality of sleep of a group of postmenopausal ladies, some of whom took the drug gabapentin.
Dr Michael Yurcheshen, assistant professor of neurology at the facility and lead author, noted that sleep initiation and stability of sleep was improved, but that there was no potential dependency problems associated with the medication.
He said: "We really are not sure which mechanism is responsible, but this study suggests that it does work to improve sleep quality."
A recent study by the Universite de Montreal found that people who suffer from insomnia could end up more prone to cardiac problems if the condition persists for a long time.