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Natural Remedies for Night Sweats

Night sweats are one of the most common symptoms of the menopause transition. They cause you to wake in the middle of the night, overheated and covered in sweat. You may also experience chills. This sweat often soaks through clothes and bed sheets before you wake up, forcing you to launder more often. However, there are a number of ways to alleviate night sweats.

Foods that can Combat Night Sweats


Some foods have been shown to greatly reduce the frequency, intensity, and severity of night sweat episodes. These foods contain estrogen-like properties that can increase estrogen levels and improve hormonal imbalance. Try eating some of the following foods to help manage your night sweats.

  • Soy
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Yams

There are also a number of foods that can trigger night sweats. Triggers are different for each woman, so make sure you keep a log of what you eat, drink, and do before bed each night to see if there is a common factor leading to your night sweats. Common triggers include:

  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol

Alternative Medicine for Night Sweats

Alternative medicines are another possible treatment for night sweats. The two best types of herbal supplements for night sweats contain phytoestrogenic or hormone-regulating supplements.

Phytoestrogenic supplements


These supplements are plant-based compounds that contain a high amount of plant estrogen, which mimics estrogen produced by the body. These supplements (like black cohosh and ginseng) can be taken in gel, caps, or brewed in tea.

In some women, they can be an effective way to reduce night sweats and other symptoms of menopause, although their long-term use is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and dependence (eventually leading the body to produce even fewer hormones).

Hormone-regulating supplements

These supplements don't contain estrogen, but stimulate the body to produce more of its own estrogen. They do this by improving the production of hormones in hormone glands. For some women, these supplements can be more effective than phytoestrogenic supplements, while others find the reverse.

More about Natural Remedies for Night Sweats

There are many ways you can combat night sweats during menopause. Click on the following link to learn more about other treatments for night sweats.

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  • The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition"
  • 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.