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Preventing Night Sweats

Known in the medical profession as hyperhidrosis, night sweats are characterized as excessive sweating while sleeping. They are, however, one of the most common symptoms during the menopause transition. In fact, 70 to 80% of menopausal women have night sweats. While it can be difficult to predict the frequency and the severity of night sweats, there are ways in which women can help prevent them.

What Are Night Sweats?

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Night sweats are the same as hot flashes, but they occur while you are sleeping. The intensity can range from mild to severe and the frequency varies. No matter what, they can be very disruptive, causing you to lose sleep, lack focus and energy throughout the day, and add to the stress to your life. The first step to preventing night sweats is to learn about what causes them.

Night Sweats Triggers

Night sweats are triggered either by environmental, emotional, or behavioral factors. These triggers can include: warm weather, smoking, alcohol, stress, anxiety, spicy foods, and caffeine.

Symptoms of Night Sweats

There are several symptoms associated with night sweats, including:

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  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sudden sensation of heat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Chills

The symptoms mentioned above can be hard to deal with in the middle of the night. However, night sweats can have much more severe consequences. The lack of sleep can lead to:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Exhaustion
  • Lack of concentration
  • Stress
  • Irritability

Night Sweats Prevention

If you are experiencing night sweats consult your doctor. The two of you will be able to identify the cause and determine the best treatment plan for you. There are some lifestyle changes and herbal remedies that can help alleviate your symptoms and even prevent night sweats.

  • Room temperature. Keep the room temperature at a lower and comfortable level. You will not overheat during the night and will be able to sleep better.

  • Cold shower. A shower or bath before bed lowers body temperature and can help prevent night sweats.

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  • Yoga. Yoga or meditation can help ease stress and balance hormone levels.

  • Alternative medicine. Some natural herbs such as black cohosh and sage can help balance hormone levels; thus, lessening the symptoms and helping prevent night sweats.

  • Vitamin supplements. Make sure you ingest enough vitamins, especially vitamin B.

Night Sweats, Snoring, and Sore Throats

Many people experience night sweats, snoring, and sore throats throughout the night and when they wake up in the morning.

Night Sweats, Cold Feet, and Insomnia

Read on to discover practical and important information about these symptoms.

How to Prevent and Manage Night Sweats

Nobody wants to lose sleep because of sweat. Learn more about night sweats during menopause and how to keep your body cool.

Sources:
  • Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
  • The National Institute of 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.