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What is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) in menopause?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the most straightforward types of insomnia is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS). This is when your circadian rhythm, or internal clock, gets delayed. Hormonal changes caused by diminishing levels of estrogen and progesterone can make falling asleep and staying asleep more difficult for women during menopause.

If you have DSPS, you might not be sleepy until the wee hours of the morning. The real problem arises when work, family, or other obligations requires you to wake up bright and early, leaving you with only a few hours of sleep.

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