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Music could help alleviate sleep problems during menopause, study shows

Could music be the key to helping women who are experiencing sleep problems during menopause? A recent study suggests that it could

Roughly 40-60% of menopausal women complain of sleep problems, from falling asleep to staying asleep. And lack of sleep over time can affect a woman’s quality of life both at home and at work.

Now, a study of 100 women shows that music and therapeutic touch, which is a form of energy healing, similar to reiki, significantly affected sleep quality and improved menopause symptoms.

Larger studies on the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine, like sound and touch, are needed to confirm their efficacy.

The study appeared in the journal Menopause.

Learn more about menopause on  KJZZ's Period, The End podcast. Find it wherever you get your podcasts.

Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.