A researcher is reporting that yoga can lower the frequency of insomnia.
According to findings published in the journal Menopause, taking a 12 week yoga class, as well as doing yoga at home, can be linked to lower incidence of insomnia. However, yoga did not prove effective at other symptoms of menopause, including night sweats and hot flashes.
The determination comes from the MsFLASH (Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health) Network randomized controlled trial.
Said lead author Katherine Newton, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute:
Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it's good to know that yoga may help them. Hormone therapy is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for hot flashes and night sweats and fewer women are opting for hormone therapy these days.
For this reason, the MsFLASH trial looked at non-HRT like modes of addressing menopause: yoga, exercise, and fish oil, looking to see if one or more might ease menopause symptoms. For the study, 249 healthy, previously sedentary women were recruited to do yoga, a moderate aerobic exercise program, or neither, along with taing an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or a placebo.
While exercise showed a slight link with improved sleep and fewer episodes of insomnia and depression, and yoga also was linked to better sleep quality and less depression, the levels were not in fact statistically significant. The omega-3 supplement showed no benefit in any category.