A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that yoga and other forms of exercise do not improve sleep for women going through menopause.
This contradicts results from the same study which stated that exercises help fight symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and improve sleep quality of menopausal women.
The study analysed data of 186 postmenopausal women aged between 40 and 62.
The participants were randomised to 12 weeks of yoga, supervised aerobic exercise, or usual activity.
The same researchers from the University of Washington have now done a secondary analysis which showed that 12 weeks of exercise or yoga had zero effect.
The new findings show that the women who participated in the study experienced nightly disturbances even though they had no problems falling asleep.
“Our primary findings were that the two study interventions had no significant effects on objective sleep outcomes in midlife women with hot flashes,” study author Diana Taibi Buchanan said.
“The main implication of this finding is that other behaviour treatments with the potential for effectively improving sleep in this population should be examined.”
Meanwhile, another study conducted by researchers from the University of Maryland found that yoga helps relieve back pain.
According to Daily Mail, experts said stretching and breathing exercises which form part of yoga practice are effective in easing chronic pain.