Women experience a range of symptoms including mood swings, hot flushes, night sweats and sleep problems in the transition to menopause. But it has been revealed that sleep problems may be the most bothersome symptom. A study at the University of Arizona, which studied 110 perimenopausal women (mean age of 49 years), found that sleep difficulties forgetfulness and irritability were perceived by most, and sleep difficulties, night sweats, irritability and forgetfulness were rated the most severe symptoms. It was also seen that some menopausal symptoms changed with time, but sleep disturbances remained constant.

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