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Estrogen fails to improve sleep quality, says study

Jonathan Warren

02.01.2012

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125556144Despite helping perimenopausal women from waking up during the night in their wooden beds due to hot flashes, estrogen therapy fails to improve overall sleep quality, according to a new study. Research, commissioned by Teva Women’s health R&D and published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, examined the behaviours of 145 women and revealed that while they awoke fewer times during the night after estrogen therapy, the quality of sleep they experienced remained the same. One third of all participants, who were given a higher dose of estrogen, woke up five fewer times than the third of women who were given a placebo estrogen pill. The remaining third, who were given a lower dose, woke up four fewer times. Dr Kathleen Reape, lead author of the study and vice president for medical affairs and women's health at Watson Pharmaceuticals, commented: “There may be a benefit for treating with estrogen, but in no way does it show that you can use estrogens as a general sleep aid.”

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