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Two in the Bed: Night Sweats When Your Partner Is in Bed

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Menopause doesn't just affect the person going through it, but also the people who around her. Night sweats, are a prime example. When you wake up in the middle of the night from a night sweat, you might unintentionally wake your partner.

Talk to Your Partner

First and foremost, talk to your partner about your menopause symptoms and how you can both manage them. Talking will help eliminate surprises in the future and help your partner be more empathetic and supportive of you.

Regulate Your Environment

Make your room night sweat proof. By maintaining a mild temperature in the room, you will be able to handle the hot and cool extremes that your body goes through. Also, use moisture wicking sheets so that air circulates and you and your partner don't end up in a puddle of sweat. You may consider using a shock absorbing mattress, such as memory foam, so that you don't disturb your partner as you move in and out of bed.

Leave the Room

If you wake up because of a night sweat, chances are you won't be able to go back to sleep quickly. To avoid disturbing your partner, leave the room for awhile until your night sweat symptoms have subsided. Of course, try to limit your noise upon returning.

Target the Source

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Eating healthier and exercising more to beat night sweats.Women are often surprised to learn that the cure for many menopausal symptoms, including night sweats, is right under their noses. Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly are some of the best ways to combat night sweats. They are easy, cost less, and are beneficial to your overall health. Alternative medicines, like herbs, can help restore the imbalance of hormones that causes many of a woman's menopausal symptoms.

Sleep in Separate Beds

If worse comes to worst, consider using two twin beds in your room. You can place them together to keep intimacy, but you'll avoid waking your partner while you try to cope with your nights sweats. If night sweats are especially severe, talk to a doctor about your treatment options. Drugs and surgery are only advisable under the most extreme circumstances. It is advised that you try some of the other, less invasive methods first. Click on the following link to learn more about night sweats during menopause.

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 Heart Palpitations

The symptoms of menopause can range from irritating night sweats to heart palpitations. Learn more about their connection to hormones here.

Thrush and Night Sweats

Women suffering from thrush and night sweats can experience difficulty in dealing with this menopausal symptom. Fortunately, they are treatable.

Sources:
  • The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
  • 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.