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Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women.

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Thurston, RC; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Sherwood, A
Published in: Int J Behav Med
2006

Self-report data suggest that sleep hot flashes among menopausal women are associated with sleep problems and in turn impaired psychological functioning. However, few studies have examined these relations with physiologic hot flash measures. A total of 41 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with daily hot flashes underwent nighttime sternal skin conductance monitoring to quantify hot flashes. Participants completed sleep diaries; the Sleep-Wake Experience List (van Diest, 1990); and depression, anxiety, and daily stress measures. Participants experienced a median of 2 physiologically monitored and 1 reported sleep hot flash nightly. Although sleep complaints were significantly and positively associated with psychological functioning, neither sleep complaints nor psychological functioning was significantly related to frequency of physiologically monitored sleep hot flashes. Conversely, results indicate an association between reported sleep hot flashes and acute sleep problems. The frequency of physiologically monitored sleep hot flashes, as opposed to reported sleep hot flashes, may be independent of problems with sleep and mood among menopausal women.

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Int J Behav Med

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ISSN

1070-5503

Publication Date

2006

Volume

13

Issue

2

Start / End Page

163 / 172

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Public Health
  • Perimenopause
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Humans
  • Hot Flashes
  • Health Status
  • Galvanic Skin Response
  • Female
 

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Thurston, R. C., Blumenthal, J. A., Babyak, M. A., & Sherwood, A. (2006). Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women. Int J Behav Med, 13(2), 163–172. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327558ijbm1302_8
Thurston, Rebecca C., James A. Blumenthal, Michael A. Babyak, and Andrew Sherwood. “Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women.Int J Behav Med 13, no. 2 (2006): 163–72. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327558ijbm1302_8.
Thurston RC, Blumenthal JA, Babyak MA, Sherwood A. Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women. Int J Behav Med. 2006;13(2):163–72.
Thurston, Rebecca C., et al. “Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women.Int J Behav Med, vol. 13, no. 2, 2006, pp. 163–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1207/s15327558ijbm1302_8.
Thurston RC, Blumenthal JA, Babyak MA, Sherwood A. Association between hot flashes, sleep complaints, and psychological functioning among healthy menopausal women. Int J Behav Med. 2006;13(2):163–172.
Journal cover image

Published In

Int J Behav Med

DOI

ISSN

1070-5503

Publication Date

2006

Volume

13

Issue

2

Start / End Page

163 / 172

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Stress, Psychological
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Public Health
  • Perimenopause
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Humans
  • Hot Flashes
  • Health Status
  • Galvanic Skin Response
  • Female