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Sleep Problems Common During Pregnancy, Associated with Depression

While we tend to think of sleep deprivation as a postpartum issue, a recent study from Finland indicates that sleep problems are relatively common during pregnancy, for both mothers and fathers. This study included 1667 mothers and 1498 fathers.  The researchers evaluated the core symptoms of insomnia (sleep onset problems, nocturnal awakenings, too-early awakenings, and […]

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In Brief: Telephone-Based CBT for Menopause-Related Insomnia

Peri- and postmenopausal women frequently complain of insomnia or poor sleep quality. Sleep disturbance is often attributed to nocturnal hot flashes.  While nocturnal hot flushes may be the cause of sleep disruption in many peri- and postmenopausal women, many of these women have an underlying primary sleep disorder, like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. […]

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In Brief: Venlafaxine as Effective as Low-Dose Estradiol for Menopausal Sleep Symptoms

Which treatment is best for managing menopausal sleep problems? We tend to think of estrogen replacement therapy as being the best option for all menopausal symptoms; however, there are other options for managing menopausal symptoms, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, and gabapentin. A recent study compares low-dose estradiol and low-dose venlafaxine for the […]

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Pregnancy Brain?  Or is it Depression?

Many pregnant women complain of “pregnancy brain”.  They describe that they feel less sharp than usual and often complain of bouts of forgetfulness.  Is it because they are distracted by thinking about and planning for the arrival of the new baby?  Is it the hormones? Is it sleep deprivation? A new study suggests that depression may […]

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Calcium and Vitamin D Not Helpful for Menopausal Symptoms in Older Women

According to a new study, supplementation with calcium and vitamin D does not appear to improve menopause-related vasomotor symptoms, mood changes, or sleep quality in postmenopausal women. This was a secondary analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Trial. 34,157 women (mean age of 64) were randomized to receive calcium carbonate 1000 mg […]

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The Immense Burden of Menopausal Symptoms

Several recent articles suggest that the burden of menopausal symptoms is greater than generally perceived.  About 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – hot flashes and night sweats — as they transition into the menopause phase.  For most, the symptoms are manageable, but for a sizeable subset of midlife women, these symptoms can negatively […]

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You Asked:  Is It Safe to Take Melatonin During Pregnancy?

Many women experience some degree of sleep disturbance during pregnancy. For a significant number of women, the sleep disruption may be so severe as to require some type of intervention. In a previous post, we discussed the use of different types of medications to treat insomnia during pregnancy. While these drugs are highly effective, many women with sleep problems inquire about the use of “natural” agents, such as melatonin, during pregnancy.

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