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Menopause and Sleep: What You Need to Know

Updated: Aug 17



Menopause: The Ignored Condition

When you reach your late 40s - early 50s, you will experience menopause. And, chances are, you will experience hot flashes at some point in your lifetime. Over 75% of women do. Menopause, or the cessation of menstrual cycles, is caused by the natural depletion of ovarian oocytes. However, despite its ubiquity, menopause is largely ignored or misunderstood. Only one in five gynecologists have had any sort of formal training in menopause.

Menopause and its many symptoms are not frequently talked about. Way too many women are left googling “What is happening to me?”, “Am I the only one?”. In fact, 2.6 million people Google-search “night sweats” monthly. Searches asking about hot flashes and hot flash relief bring in more than 5 million monthly searches.


The Effects

Different women experience menopause differently. For some, menopause can come and go with minimal symptoms. For most, however, menopause causes negative life-altering side effects. A hallmark of menopause is a decrease in a woman’s reproductive hormones, specifically estrogen. Low estrogen levels can lead to an increase in depression, mood swings, a lack of concentration, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and a plethora of other symptoms.

Among the most common and most detrimental are the vasomotor symptoms (VMS), more frequently known as hot flashes and night sweats. These often lead to insomnia, overall difficulty sleeping and sleep cycle disruption, something which around 61% of all women will experience. This can easily lead to irritability, decreased mental clarity, and other long-term health problems.


Current Treatments

What are some ways to combat hot flashes? Fortunately, some of the most effective treatments are nearly free: lifestyle changes that can make a night-and-day difference. Diet, exercise, and overall health all contribute to the severity of menopause. Smoking and alcohol consumption can make hot flashes and mental effects worse, and a healthy diet with vitamin D and calcium supplements can help to balance the disruptions from the decrease of estrogen. Hot flashes can be treated by keeping the bedroom and office or workplace cool. Some recommend taking deep breaths during hot flashes and wearing layers while sleeping to quickly adapt to changes in temperature. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule, using cooling pillows and keeping cold water/washcloths nearby while sleeping are often recommended treatments for hot flashes.

However, most of these treatments are only “band-aids” that lessen effects after the hot flash has started. For those suffering from particularly severe disruption due to hot flashes, AuraBlue might be a viable solution.


The AuraBlue Difference

AuraBlue’s cooling technologies seek to identify up-and-coming hot flashes to cool your body down before it can reach temperatures that would interrupt your sleep schedule. Rather than relieving your symptoms after waking from your hot flash, AuraBlue keeps you asleep throughout the night, ceasing the perpetual sleep disruptions. Do not let your rest stray from the peacefully healthy act it should be. AuraBlue’s newly designed technology, brought about by MIT graduates and SpaceX minds, looks to eliminate the detrimental effects that the inevitable event of menopause causes women everywhere..


For more information about menopause and its effects on women, womenlivingbetter (https://womenlivingbetter.org/) and everydayhealth (https://www.everydayhealth.com/) provide excellent resources.


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