Sleep duration linked to sexual satisfaction

An international team of scientists has concluded that the reduction in the duration of sleep during menopause is associated with a decrease in sexual satisfaction in women. The results are published in the journal Menopause.

Menopause - the period of self-termination of menstruation due to age-related depletion of follicles in the ovaries. It is known that menopause is accompanied by a number of vasomotor symptoms: fever, mood changes, sleep disturbances. It is assumed that insomnia can stimulate sexual desire, but it is also characterized by its reduction to menopause.

To check the connection quality of sleep with sexual satisfaction, scientists from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) analyzed the results of the observation of the Initiative in Health women (WHIOS). During the work the authors have compared sleep duration with the subjective evaluation of sexual desire and the level of sexual activity in the last year.

The sample consisted of 93668 women aged 50-79 years. The results showed that more than half (56 per cent) of them are dissatisfied with sexual life, in 31 percent of observed insomnia. Rates vary by age. For women older than 70 years who slept less than five hours a night were 30 percent of sexually active than women who slept seven to eight hours.

According to scientists, the data strongly suggest an association of sleep duration with sexual satisfaction during menopause. Consider them is important when choosing a strategy of treatment of vasomotor symptoms. In particular, a certain effect on both indicators may have hormone therapy: Women undergoing its higher estimate sex life and sleep better.