I’ve gained a reputation as a menopause expert among my friends, and I get this question more than any other. It makes sense. When you’re in the throes of a hot flash or inexplicable crying jag, who cares why this is happening—when’s it going to end? Unfortunately, as with many things pertaining to women’s bodies (hi, pregnancy), the length and symptoms of menopause vary a lot. Some aspects, such as age of onset, can even be hereditary.
With age comes wisdom—it’s true! Unfortunately, it can also come with sleep deprivation, particularly for women, and particularly during menopause. Hot flashes are the number one culprit, but studies show that our sleep patterns and behaviors change with age, and we all need to adjust our habits accordingly.