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Some women report disruption in sleep patterns associated with menopause. Sleep disturbances may also cause menopause-related fatigue and cognitize impairment. One small randomized study showed that the sleeping medication zolpidem (Ambien) improved sleep and quality of life in breast cancer patients with hot flashes compared with those who took a placebo.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional society of practicianers who specialize in sleep disorders, maintains a list of accredited clinics that meet their standards for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.