Yoga Helps Menopausal Women Get To Sleep
At least one of the unpleasantries of menopause appears to be relieved by yoga, according to researchers at the Group Health Research Institute, a public-domain research institution within Group Health, a health care system based in Seattle, Washington. A news release reports that researchers at the institute assigned 249 healthy women to yoga, a moderate aerobic exercise program, or neither—and to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or a placebo. After 12 weeks, the researchers found those who took the the yoga class and practiced yoga at home suffered less from insomnia—but did not have fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats. They also found that exercise seemed to be linked to slightly improved sleep and less insomnia and depression, and yoga also was linked to better sleep quality and less depression, although the findngs were not statistically significant. The omega-3 supplement was not linked to any improvement in hot flashes, night sweats, sleep, or mood.