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Hot flushes could trigger depression in women, new study finds

A large number of night-time hot flashes may trigger symptoms of depression, according to a new study .

[19459002losinvestigadores] monitored the women for physiological signs of nocturnal hot flashes during sleep study and find out if women were eager to experience hot flashes, increased the possibility that the mood low.

women who experienced sleep disruption were also more likely to show symptoms of depression than women who got more sleep.

using a drug to simulate the decreased levels of estrogen a woman during menopause, researchers found both the interruption. sleep and increased frequency of nighttime hot flashes associated with mood disorder

study author Dr. Hadine Joffe, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Faculty Harvard Medical in the US, said: “when women were awake long enough to nighttime hot flashes reminder later, that perception contributed to the alteration of mood in women whose estrogen levels had fallen .

“the association was independent of sleep disruption that women experienced. “

The study gave 29 premenopausal healthy women between the ages of 18 and 45 years a drug to suppress the production of estrogen in the ovaries during a period of four weeks, a treatment that induces symptoms of menopause .

Before and after four weeks, researchers monitored levels of sleep and hormone participants who completed questionnaires and mental health

Dr. Joffe added: “. the results of our research suggest that menopausal women who say they were the night time hot flashes and sleep disruption should be screened for mood disorder.

“Any treatment of the symptoms of mood in this population should also incorporate efforts to treat sleep and night hot flashes.”

The study was published in the journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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