If you're going through menopause, you probably have quite a few frustrating physical and emotional changes to contend with. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, roughly 80 percent of American women experience hot flashes at this stage in life. Vaginal dryness, abdominal weight gain and mood shifts are also common complaints. On their own, these symptoms are certainly aggravating, but if you're battling menopausal insomnia to boot, you may not even be getting the rest you need to keep a level head.
Thankfully, though, recent findings from Seattle's Group Health Research Institute may help you tackle this aspect of menopause – without resorting to heavy medications to boot. ScienceDaily reports that the simple act of engaging in a regular yoga session could enable insomniacs to get a bit more shut-eye.
"Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause," said lead author Katherine Newton, PhD, in a press release. "It's good to know that yoga may help them."
The source states that women who took part in a 12-week yoga course and were encouraged to continue this activity at home saw some improvement in the quality of their sleep and also had lower instances of depression. The study also focused on the benefits of exercise and omega-3 supplements for menopausal symptoms to provide more natural alternatives to find relief, but yoga proved the most effective. No impact was shown on vaginal health, hot flashes and other concerns.
Studies like this are certainly heartening for women interested in all-natural means to promote their health and happiness. Though the aisles of your local grocery store or pharmacy may be clogged with chemical-laden offerings, remember that few corporations can compete with the restorative powers of Mother Earth herself.