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Night Sweats and Stress

Night Sweats and Stress

In addition to the numerous menopause symptoms many women experience, they also find their stress levels increasing. This stress can make sleeping more difficult, and night sweats only compound the problem. Keep reading to find out more about night sweats and stress.

The Relationship between Night Sweats and Stress

Stress, anxiety, and pressures from work or home life are a major contributing factor of night sweats. With all of these factors, many women find themselves thinking about their stresses as they try to sleep. As a result, they frequently wake up during the night and sweat profusely, despite a constant room temperature. These episodes are known as night sweats.

Night sweats are uncomfortable and often impede sleep, leading to greater levels of stress and fatigue the following day. The key to breaking this cycle is to follow a number of simple steps to improve general health and wellbeing.

Tips to Reduce Stress

Listed below are several steps you can take to reduce stress and promote healthy sleep.

Healthy diet

Night Sweats and Stress

It is important to pay attention to what you eat and drink on a daily basis. Eating fatty, rich, or spicy foods close to bedtime can disrupt sleep. Similarly, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided six hours prior to sleep.

Keep your bedroom cool

Lowering the temperature of the bedroom by opening a window or using a fan or air conditioning may ease excessive perspiration during sleep.

Identify triggers

If you experience stress regularly, it is important to identify possible triggers so that they may be avoided in future. Keep a diary recording your thoughts and feelings so that you feel better prepared to recognize and handle stressful situations as they arise.

Treatment for Night Sweats and Stress

As mentioned above, lowering stress levels is important in reducing night sweats. Lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking time out to relax are important in maintaining a balance, both physically and mentally.

Alternative medicines have been found to benefit some women who experience night sweats and stress. Alternative medicines are often used in addition to making lifestyle changes. Aromatherapy, acupuncture, and herbal supplements help many women and are less risky than medications.

If you feel that there is a more serious underlying cause behind your night sweats, it is important to consult your doctor. She or he will discuss your symptoms with you and offer possible treatment options.

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Q&A: Does Alcohol Cause Night Sweats?

Alcohol consumption can stimulate the sweat glands and exacerbate night sweats. Learn more on how to treat and prevent night sweats by clicking here.

Night Sweats and Dry Mouth

Many women will suffer from night sweats and a dry mouth during menopause, they do not necessarily indicate any serious medical condition. Learn more.

Sweating at Night

Episodes of excessive sweating during sleep, commonly known as "night sweats," are flashes of heat that often leave women drenched in sweat.

Sources:
  • Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, and Sleep Disturbances." Our Bodies, Ourselves. 2006.
  • The National Institute of Women's Health.(n.d). "Signs of the Menopausal Transition." Retrieved from www.nih.gov
  • 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.