Sleep problems can be related to falling asleep, continuation of sleep or inadequate rest. It can be related to the quality of sleep due to sleep apnea with frequently waking up or restless leg syndrome. This can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and depression. It is also found that SDB (sleep disordered breathing) is much more common after menopause along with night sweats and hot flashes.

Besides RLS restless leg syndrome which can interfere with the quantity and quality of sleep, the problems of SRLC (sleep related leg cramps) which are mostly encountered during pregnancy, PLMD (periodic limb movement disorder) and PLMS periodic limb movements of sleep which are more common after menopause. SDB Sleep disordered breathing is mostly associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke.

FM (Fibromyalgia) causes pain along with RLS restless leg syndrome and is related to sleeplessness. About three fourths of fibromyalgia patients are women. RLS can be related to anemia in some cases.


One of the interventions is going to bed to sleep at a regular time and avoiding distractions such as TV at bedtime, also avoidance of sleeping on your back, avoidance of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and sedatives at bedtime. Weight loss and exercise are also helpful. Snoring, SDB, Sleep apnea and other issues require testing and appropriate management.