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Sleep Disturbance After Surgical Menopause

Menopause; ePub 2018 Nov 12; Cho, Kim, et al

Women who undergo surgical menopause (SM) experienced worse sleep quality compared with women who experience natural menopause (NM), and may benefit from behavioral interventions, a recent study found. 526 postmenopausal women completed self-report questionnaires about insomnia symptoms, sleep-interfering behaviors, depression, sleep quality, and gynecological history. Researchers conducted analysis of covariance to compare women who experienced NM vs SM on sleep variables. They found:

  • 429 (81.6%) women reported going through NM and 97 (18.4%) reported going through SM.
  • The SM group was significantly younger by 7.2 years.
  • Women in the SM group reported significantly worse sleep quality vs women in the NM group.
  • Those in the SM group were 2.131 times more likely to have insomnia vs women in the NM group.
  • Behavioral interventions may be beneficial in improving sleep quality.

Citation:

Cho NY, Kim S, Nowakowski S, Shin C, Suh S. Sleep disturbance in women who undergo surgical menopause compared with women who experience natural menopause. [Published online ahead of print November 12, 2018]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001257.