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How to Cure Night Sweats

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During menopause, night sweats are a common plague. Night sweats can interrupt sleeping patterns, Causing irritation and fatigue during the day. The good news is that there are many options available treating night sweats. Fortunately, many of these methods can be added easily into your normal routine and are safe and effective.

Understanding Night Sweats

The frequency and severity of night sweats differs for every woman, so treatment choices need to be made based on individual needs and concerns

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Many find it helpful to keep a journal and make note of when their night sweats occur with details of the time, mood (ie, stress levels), food and drink consumed before bed, clothing worn and sleeping conditions. Recording all of these things will help to determine your personal triggers, which will indicate what treatment course to proceed with.

Options Available to Cure Night Sweats

For many, the most effective ways of curing night sweats are:

  • Lifestyle changes. Eating a balanced diet and doing regular exercise.
  • Alternative medicine. This includes treatments such as acupuncture, aroma therapy, and herbal tea.
  • Medication. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be beneficial in more severe cases.

It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor when looking for a treatment to cure night sweats.

Avoiding the Triggers of Night Sweats

The following have all been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of night sweats. By avoiding these things, night sweats can be reduced. Triggers for night sweats include:

  • Hot showers
  • Caffeine
  • Hot weather
  • Spicy food
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot rooms
  • Diet pills
  • Hot food

Every woman will experience menopause and night sweats differently, so the efficacy of the treatment options outlined will also vary. Simple lifestyle changes should be tried initially, before more high-intensity treatments are considered.

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Sources:
  • The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
  • Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
  • Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.