-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 (HealthDay News) -- For menopausal women who
can't make it to the gym, higher levels of routine physical
activity during the day may help relieve sleep problems caused by
hot flashes or night sweats, a small new study suggests.
Exercise improves sleep for people in general, but studies in
menopausal women have been inconclusive, said the researchers at
the Pittsburgh site of the Study of Women's Health Across the
Their new study included 27 white and 25 black women, aged 54 to
63, with hot flashes and night sweats. The women kept sleep diaries
and wore sleep monitors. They also provided information about their
physical activity levels, including routine household and
caregiving chores requiring light, moderate or vigorous effort, as
well as sports and exercise in their leisure time.
The investigators found that women with higher levels of daytime
activity reported fewer nighttime awakenings and better sleep.
These benefits were mainly associated with household and caregiving
chores, rather than sports or exercise, the study authors noted in
a news release from the North American Menopause Society.
The positive effects of physical activity occurred mainly in
white women who were not obese. Further research is needed to find
out why black and obese women may not get the same sleep benefits
from physical activity, the researchers said.
The study, by Maya Lambiase and Rebecca Thurston, was released
online recently in the journal
Menopausein advance of publication in the September print
issue of the journal.
The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about
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