Hot flushes at night linked to depression

A new study has revealed that menopausal women who experience hot flushes at night are more at risk of depression.

The study’s first author Dr Hadine Joffe, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, said: "When women were awake long enough to later recall nighttime hot flushes, that perception contributed to mood disturbance in women whose estrogen levels had fallen.

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

A total of 29 healthy pre-menopausal women aged between 18 and 45 took part in the study. They were given medication to suppress estrogen production, a treatment that mimics menopause and induces menopausal symptoms to varying degrees of intensity.

Before and after the four-week timeframe, researchers monitored the participants' sleep and hormone levels. The researchers found that women who reported experiencing frequent hot flushes at night were more likely to experience mild symptoms of depression than those who reported fewer or no hot flushes during the night.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801826088-ADNFCR