Written by Editors, Red Hot Mamas
Among other things, sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleep apnea, are a frequently reported complaint in menopausal women. Fluctuating hormone levels and hot flashes may disrupt a woman's ability to sleep. Hot flashes during sleep (night sweats) are caused by widening of the blood vessels near the skin's surface and are associated with decreased levels of estrogen. A woman can wake repeatedly during the night.