Mayo Clinic notes that menopause is a natural biological process. Although menopause ends fertility, women can stay healthy, vital and sexual. However, menopause may disrupt sleep, cause hot flashes, lower energy, and spark off anxiety or feelings of sadness and loss. GroupHealth Research Institute reported in a news release on Sept. 27, 2013, "Yoga in menopause may help insomnia—but not hot flashes."
Researchers found taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing yoga at home was linked to less insomnia, however, not to fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats, for women undergoing menopause. Lead author Katherine Newton, PhD, said, “Many women suffer from insomnia during menopause, and it’s good to know that yoga may help them.” At this time hormone therapy is the only Food and Drug Administration approved treatment for hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.
In this study of women undergoing menopause, exercise seemed to be linked to slightly improved sleep and less insomnia and depression. Yoga was found to be linked to better sleep quality and less depression. With omega-3 supplements there was not a link to any improvement in hot flashes, night sweats, sleep, or mood. The link which was seen between yoga and better sleep was the only statistically significant finding in this study.