Dr. Wolfe explains if menopause and taking hormone replacement therapies (HRT) affect sleep.
Yes, it does. Women that are postmenopausal have more difficulty staying asleep at night. They have more likelihood to wake up early in the morning. They have a tendency to fall asleep earlier in the evening.
We know that estrogen helps women sleep better. We know it helps to control their breathing at night. We know that it helps them to stay asleep easier. As women go through menopause and they lose estrogen, hot flashes can wake them up, but even without hot flashes, they just have poor quality sleep. Hormone replace therapy, if a woman is receiving it, will help them to sleep better.
About Dr. Lisa Wolfe, M.D.:
Dr. Lisa Wolfe, M.D., earned her medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency and her fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wolfe is board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.
Visit Dr. Wolfe at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation