Hot flashes not always culprit in menopausal women's sleep problems

Hot flashes may be getting an unfair rap for disrupting women's sleep at midlife.

Studies have often reported that sleep problems increase during the transition into menopause, reinforcing the idea that hot flashes are to blame. But even under controlled conditions in sleep laboratories, the connection between hot flashes and sleep disruption remains unclear, reports the February 2008 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.

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