You unexpectedly wake up in the middle of the night, cool, clammy, and drenched in sweat - it's a story that many women going through menopause can relate to. However, night sweats do not have to be an inevitable part of menopause. Many lifestyle changes, such as sleeping in a cooler room, using lightweight sheets and pajamas made out of natural materials, keeping a cool glass of water on the nightstand, and using a fan can all help reduce night sweats.
Nightwear for Night Sweats
Night sweats can rob you of a valuable night's sleep. In order to get better sleep and reduce the severity of night sweats, it can be beneficial to change up the pajamas that you sleep in. If you wear lightweight, breathable pajamas, you may be able to stay cooler during the night.
Choose moisture-wicking fabrics like polypropylene - the same material used in athletic clothing - because they quickly soak up moisture and don't leave you wet and cold. Some companies even make cute pajama sets out of moisture-wicking fabrics that are specifically designed for menopausal women.
Don't wear socks
Your body heat will be retained more easily if you wear socks. Let your feet be free.
The right PJ set
Some people like to wear thick, cozy pajamas that cover the entire body. These can be too restrictive and make you warmer. Instead, choose pajama sets that have short sleeves and shorts. You may also consider wearing a nightgown.
Don't let your nightwear be too tight against your body. Sleeping without a bra can help increase air circulation. Loose, flowy pajamas and nightgowns can also be a good idea.
Dressing in layers, or having different layers of bedding, is important. You will be able to add or remove layers when you get too hot or too cold.
Consider no pajamas
Many women choose to sleep naked for a variety of reasons, not just to prevent night sweats. Try sleeping on a towel so that the sweat is absorbed, and have a spare one close by so you can swap your wet one for a dry one. This way, you won't have to change the sheets.
Advice on Preventing Night Sweats
Be sure to reduce triggers that cause night sweats. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule and always stay hydrated. If night sweats are lowering the quality of your life, it is important to see a doctor. Click on the following link for more information on what causes night sweats.