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Night Sweat Symptoms

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Women can experience a myriad of different symptoms during their menopause years, including night sweats. With over 75% of women experiencing night sweats, it is one of the most common symptoms to occur. While it is common, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and, in many instances, negatively impact a woman's overall health and quality of life. Fortunately, there are ways to treat this symptom. Learn more about the most effective methods for managing night sweats.

When Do the Symptoms of Night Sweats Begin?

Most women will notice night sweats, as well as other symptoms, long before menopause begins, since perimenopause—the precursor to menopause—can trigger many symptoms. Women will enter perimenopause at different stages in their lives, but for most women, this period begins in their early 40s. However, the symptoms can begin anywhere from one to ten years before the onset of menopause.

What Are The Symptoms of Night Sweats?

Common symptoms of night sweats include:

  • Sudden and intense feelings of heat
  • Sweating (mild to severe)
  • Heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Flushing
  • Chills

What Causes the Symptoms of Night Sweats?

Night sweats, medically known as “sleep hyperhidrosis”, are episodes of excessive nocturnal perspiration with the symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The symptoms of night sweats can often disturb a woman's sleep, diminishing her overall sleep quality. In some cases they will also impact upon a woman's daily activities if she is tired and lacking energy from a poor night's sleep.

While the exact causes of night sweats are unknown, hormonal imbalances are considered one of the main contributing factors. During the menopausal transition, the body produces less estrogen, which can trick the hypothalamus - the part of the brain that regulates body temperature - into thinking that the body is too hot. In response, it sets off a variety of physiological reactions that result in the symptoms of night sweats.

Read on to understand the best ways to treat the symptoms of night sweats.

How to Treat the Symptoms of Night Sweats

Dealing with the symptoms of night sweats means that leading a normal life during the menopausal transition is perfectly possible. During this period, a woman needs to support her body adequately to maintain hormonal balance. Eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly are good ways to start this process. Environmental and lifestyle factors may also trigger the symptoms of night sweats. These symptoms can be managed effectively by implementing the following strategies:

  • Sleeping in a cool room, or opening your window
  • Taking a cold shower before going to bed
  • Drinking 2 liters of water each day
  • Supporting your body with natural remedies
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and hot soups
  • Quieting smoking
  • Exercising regularly

It is important to recognize the symptoms of night sweats, so that you are able to effectively ease these episodes. Natural solutions such as those listed above may provide relief for many women from the symptoms of menopause.

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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.

Causes of Night Sweats in Middle-Aged Women

Middle-aged women often experience night sweats as a symptom of menopause. However, night sweats can also be caused by other medical conditions.

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