June 24, 2021 3 min read
One of those taboo subjects … Menopause. We don’t talk much about it, many of us — even women — don’t know much about it. However, 25 million women pass through menopause each year, and by 2025, 1 billion of women will be in the menopause globally. Still, they even had to assign a day to Menopause to raise awareness and highlight the support options available. It falls this Sunday, the 18th of October.
As a 30 year old woman, I did not know much about menopause until I started working in the sleep industry which taught me a lot ! Albeit common, I had never even heard of the term "hot flashes"! Interestingly, lately I see more and more recognition of “fem tech” companies (technologies for women) and a few companies emerging that try to tackle menopause associated issues.
Peri-menopause and menopause are times of major hormonal, physical and psychological change for women. They can certainly be stressful moments and as every woman is different, we will each react differently to it.
Here are some interesting things that I have learned about it over the past years (mostly sleep-related).
During the perimenopause or transition phase, a woman’s ovaries gradually (over several years) decrease production of estrogen and progesterone. Having passed 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, the perimenopause is over and the menopause has officially been reached.
Women reach perimenopause at different ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s. The average age of menopause is 51 years.
What I clearly see as CEO of a sleep company, Moona, is that menopause strongly impacts sleep.
Around these times, women are less satisfied with their sleep and as many as 61% of post-menopause women report insomnia symptoms. Snoring has also been found to be more common and severe in post-menopausal women.
The most common symptoms of the menopause are hot flushes and sweats (vasomotor symptoms). It can affect three out of every four menopausal women.
Hot flashes are described as sudden feelings of heat which seem to come from nowhere and spread upwards through the body, chest, neck and face. Hot flashes and sweats are predominantly caused by changes in hormone levels which affect the body’s temperature control. I have heard tons of testimonials of women really affected by it, being woken up by those episodes in the middle of the night, waking up in a pool of sweat. I have also heard a lot of them wondering if they were “normal” (yes, you are! this is very common). If you are curious to know how it feels, check out the healthtalk.org website where several women describe what a hot flush feels like in video.
In this article on Moona’s blog, we talk more about the triggers to avoid hot flashes and methods to deal with them.
Triggers (learn more in the blog)
As shown by extensive research conducted by Freedman RR, these hot flushes are related to thermoregulation of the body, and are typically preceded by surges in core body temperature. Controlling changes in body temperature through cooling or selective warming help to reduce these symptoms and improve sleep quality. This is evident as research shows that severe hot flashes and vasomotor symptoms of menopause are linked with chronic insomnia and subsequent low moods, creating an adequate sleep environment is particularly important.
I am happy that my work has allowed me to learn more about menopause and do more to alleviate symptoms. This critical topic truly lacks sufficient education for women, but also for their partners as 1/3 of them report feeling “helpless”.
Fortunately, there are useful resources out there, and really helpful solutions — I would know, I have built one ! :).
For more resources, I recommend checking out :
To my eyes, the menopause tech revolution is coming. It is just a matter of time. As tech savvy generations get older and begin to experience menopause, the appropriate tech solutions will only grow. The future of menopause tech will show a prolific market of solutions that address all the different changes women experience during menopause, including sleep issues, sexual, physical and mental changes. One of the ways to beat hot flashes is the MOONA Active Cooling System. With its unique cooling technology you can say goodbye to hot flashes and have a peaceful sleep all night long.
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