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More Sleep or More Sex?


Nearly Half of Women 45+ Would Prefer More Sleep to Sex

CHATSWORTH, Calif.: In a new national survey of women over age forty-five, eighty-seven percent reported experiencing sleep problems, indicating sleep as the most important menopause symptom they would like to relieve. The women conveyed that sleep problems affect their energy levels (66%), concentration (54%), and motivation (50%) -- so much so, that nearly half (47)% said they would rather get more sleep than sex (29% don't know which they would prefer).

The nationally random survey was designed to uncover challenges faced by menopausal women, following conflicting news on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms and potential health effects.* Conducted by independent research firm, IMR MarketEffect, the survey was sponsored by Natrol, Inc., maker of Complete Balance AM/PM for Menopause.

Sleep disturbance is a known side effect of menopause1. Other top symptoms women would like to avoid are hot flashes (43%) and weight gain (37%). Additional complaints include headaches, night sweats, mood swings and joint pain. 85% Report at Least One Menopause Symptom -- Only 15% on HRT

"Since it can affect hormone balance and aggravate symptoms such as mood swings, energy and body weight, occasional sleep disturbance is a major concern for menopausal women," said Sherry Torkos, BSc Phm, pharmacist and author of "Breaking the Age Barrier". "The symptoms can be managed, but women need to take greater initiative to learn about their options."

Most Haven't Explored Alternatives


  •       While 85% of women surveyed said they had experienced at least one menopausal symptom, less than half requested treatment from a physician, only 17% consulted with a pharmacist, and only 19%
      consulted with an alternative treatment expert.

  •       Although 15% said they were currently taking prescription HRT, 69% said they had not explored other alternatives.

  •       Over 63% of the women surveyed were somewhat to extremely concerned about sleep disorders affecting their quality of life, only 39% had reported sleep problems to a physician.

  •       While 73% have heard of melatonin, only 22% have tried it to help improve sleep.

  •       Only 23% said they take nutritional supplements to help relieve menopause symptoms

"Women can take control of their health and well-being, by better educating themselves," said Torkos. "For example, pharmacists in the US are a very under-utilized resource -- in particular, they can provide important information about the efficacy, safety, and proper use of nutritional supplements."


(1) NIH National Center for Sleep Disorders Research





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