Foot massage could help menopausal women ward off fatigue by aiding restful sleep, study suggests
- Foot massages can increase sleep and reduce fatigue in menopausal women
- The study was conducted by the North American Menopause Society
- It is estimated that a third of women in the UK, around 13 million, are menopausal.
- Studies show that sleep disorders affect 39 to 47 percent of perimenopausal women
Menopausal women could gain an extra hour of sleep each night with a simple foot massage.
Massages increase sleep and reduce fatigue and anxiety by stimulating nerve cells in the legs, reported the North American Menopause Society.
It follows a study carried out by the Cankyry Karatekin, TC Amasya and Ynonu universities in Turkey, which analyzed 70 women.
Half received a massage every day for seven days. The massage group slept an extra hour each night.
The authors recommended massage along with methods such as HRT for “anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.”
A foot massage every night could help menopausal women get an extra hour of sleep. It is estimated that a third of women across the UK, around 13 million, are premenopausal.
It is estimated that a third of women in the UK, around 13 million, are menopausal.
Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS Medical Director, said: “Sleep disturbances, fatigue and anxiety symptoms are common during menopause.
“This small study in Turkish women shows how a simple and inexpensive intervention like foot massage can improve these bothersome symptoms in postmenopausal women.
“Although additional studies are needed to confirm these findings in other populations of postmenopausal women, there is little downside to recommending foot massage as a non-hormonal option to help relieve symptoms.”
SleepFoundation.org states that sleep disorders affect 39 to 47 percent of perimenopausal women and 35 to 60 percent of postmenopausal women.
The most common sleep problems reported by women going through menopause include hot flashes, insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, and other mood and sleep disorders, the media company states.