Understanding sleep complaints among menopausal women is an emerging area of clinical and
research interest. Several recent reviews have focused on mechanisms of menopausal insomnia and
symptoms. In this review, we present a discussion on the most relevant and recent publications on the treatment of sleep
disorders for menopausal women, with a focus on menopause-related insomnia, insomnia symptoms, and obstructive sleep
apnea. We discuss both nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy for
insomnia (CBT-I), complementary and alternative medicine, hormone replacement therapy, sedative hypnotics,
antidepressants, and continuous positive airway pressure. In addition, we briefly discuss methods and considerations of
assessment of sleep disorders in menopausal women.
Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine, insomnia, insomnia symptoms, menopause, obstructive sleep apnea,
pharmacology, sleep disorders.
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