Treatment of insomnia, insomnia symptoms, and obstructive sleep apnea during and after menopause: Therapeutic approaches

Joshua Z. Tal, Sooyeon A. Suh, Claire L. Dowdle, Sara Nowakowski

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-83
Number of pages21
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Insomnia
  • Insomnia symptoms
  • Menopause
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Pharmacology
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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