Clinical profile of menopausal insomniac women referred to sleep laboratory

Clinical profile of menopausal insomniac women referred to sleep laboratory

Author Hachul, Helena Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Brandao, Leticia de C. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Bittencourt, Lia R. A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
D'Almeida, Vania Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Andersen, Monica L. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Baracat, Edmund C. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tufik, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Objective. the primary purpose of this study was to assess the overall clinical profile of menopausal women complaining of insomnia who were referred to a sleep laboratory. Methods. A total of 206 menopausal women who had complaints related to insomnia were interviewed. Each participant completed a questionnaire in order to obtain data on general health, menopausal status, medications, and sleep patterns. Results. the mean age of the participants was 55.9 years. Clinical profiles revealed that the most prevalent health problems were systemic arterial hypertension (33.9%) and osteoporosis (19%), though there was no association between insomnia and incidence of chronic disease. Our data demonstrate an overall prevalence of insomnia of 4-5 times a week in 62% of the women, with 68.9% complaining of hot flashes. However, there was no association between hot flashes and frequency of insomnia across the menopausal transition period. Only 7% of women had already undergone polysomnography. Less than 5% of the participants were undergoing treatment for menopause, while 8% were taking benzodiazepines for sleep problems. Conclusions. This study provides evidence that insomnia in postmenopausal women was not associated with incidence of chronic disease. in addition, the majority of the participants were not undergoing treatment for menopause or for sleep disturbance.
Keywords Menopause
sleep disorders
hot flashes
hormonal therapy
Language English
Sponsor Associacao Fundo de Incentivo a Psicofarmacologia (AFIP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Grant number FAPESP: 98/14303-3
Date 2009-01-01
Published in Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Oslo: Taylor & Francis As, v. 88, n. 4, p. 422-427, 2009.
ISSN 0001-6349 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Taylor & Francis As
Extent 422-427
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000264638400010

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