March 27, 2007

A new survey finds that nearly half (42%) of menopausal women experience sleep disturbances every night, and more than a quarter of those women experience sleep disturbances several times per night. Even more surprising, according to a new survey, Sleepless in Menopause City, when survey respondents were asked if they had spoken with their health care providers about the problem, more than half (55%) said “no” and nearly half (47%) reported that their health care providers had not offered any prescribed treatment for their sleep disturbances. The survey results released by Red Hot Mamas®, a menopause education provider, illustrate the need for more awareness of sleep disturbances as a major health concern among women during the menopausal transition, as well as increased discussions about sleep between women and their healthcare providers.

“The Sleepless in Menopause City survey data clearly reveal that sleep is a major issue for women throughout their menopausal years,” said Karen Giblin, president and founder of the Red Hot Mamas. “What’s so surprising, though, is that the survey shows that many menopausal women are not aware that sleep disturbances may be related to their menopausal or hormonal status—just like hot flashes and night sweats. Furthermore, women are not communicating with their health care provider about their sleep quality. Red Hot Mamas urges women at menopause to talk with their health care provider about what they can do to manage sleep problems and get a good night’s rest.”

Sleepless in Menopause City, a Web-based survey of 485 women ages 30 and older, was conducted during the fall of 2006 by the Red Hot Mamas to find out how serious a problem sleep disturbances are for women during the menopausal transition.

—Franklin A. Holman