Help For Night Sweats

Night Sweats in Women Category

Night sweats in women are most common during the transition to menopause, but menopause occurs slightly differently from one women to the next. Some women start later than others, and the transition into this phase of life is longer for some women. This means that some women may still be experiencing those perimenopausal symptoms after the age of 60.

However menopause isn’t the only thing that can cause this uncomfortable symptom in women over 60. Sometimes the cause can be as simple as a room that is too warm or a nighttime habit that is triggering the sweating at night. On the other hand this can be a symptom of a medical condition. It is important to talk to your doctor about any concerns and to find a treatment that can provide relief. Fortunately there are some other steps you can take to reduce the discomfort of these disruptive night sweats.

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While most people associate night sweats in women with menopause, night sweats in young women is not uncommon. There are a number of things that can cause night sweats in women under 30. Some of these things are simple and easy to treat while others may require more in depth diagnosis and treatment. In most cases, however, relatively simple treatments can be helpful in relieving the symptoms; or at least they can be helpful enough to sleep better at night.

Finding the cause will help you find an effective treatment so you can start sleeping better at night. Plus if the night sweats are a symptom of another health issue it is good to discover that sooner rather than later so you can start treating that issue. Here are some of the more common causes to consider as well as some possible treatment options.

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There are many possible causes of night sweats in women under 40 ranging from medical to lifestyle or environmental causes. Because night sweats in younger women is less common than it is for women transitioning to menopause it is often concerning, but don’t over worry about possible medical conditions until you rule out other possible causes first.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about a medical condition or if you are experiencing other symptoms along with the sweating. In the meantime here are some of the more common causes as well as recommendations for things you can do on your own to get some relief and start sleeping better again.

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Menopause night sweats are exactly what they sound like: excessive sweating in the night as a result of menopause hot flashes that occur when you’re asleep. They are the most well-known cause of night sweats in women. While I know some women who celebrate the natural passing of their menstrual cycle, I also know we all must face the consequences of these changes in our bodies, and quite often, they’re just not any fun.

However, when you decide to address causes of excessive sweating, I suggest seeing a medical professional for advice. While your sweating while sleeping is most likely nothing to be too concerned about, it is still a good idea to have your doctor evaluate you to be certain nothing more serious is occurring within your body. Sometimes simply changing your medication regiment can provide you significant relief, and other times an underlying condition may need to be addressed.

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As wonderful as it would be to have everything back to normal once the baby arrives, the cycle is only half completed. Your body has a lot of adjusting to do to return to its pre-pregnancy state. Sweating while sleeping after pregnancy is one of the ways your body begins to re-balance itself.

While your sweat output is likely to be greatest at night, you may notice that you perspire more during the day as well. Many women notice that in addition to perspiring they need to visit the bathroom frequently during the first 2 to 4 weeks postnatal. While every woman is different, most postpartum women who experience this sweating at night encounter similar symptoms.

These postpartum night sweats can be so excessive you drench your pillow, pajamas and sheets. It may be more than you have ever perspired.

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There are a few possible causes of cold sweats at night. Anxiety, fear or stress can cause cold night sweats, as well as pain from injuries or medical problems (heart attack), severe shortness of breath or low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia). Having a nightmare can also cause this symptom. In most cases they aren’t caused by a serious medical condition but because they can be a sign of something more serious, even a heart attack, it is important to pay attention to them, and to notice if you are experiencing any other symptoms along with the sweating.

The reason they are called cold sweats is because the hypothalamus – our body’s internal thermostat — uses perspiration with other biological mechanisms to help cool the body when it feels it is overheated. Because body temperature drops while you are sweating, you may feel chills during or after sweating. Sometimes internal or external variables can confuse the hypothalamus causing it to trigger those biological mechanisms that cause sudden sweating even when it isn’t really necessary.

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More times than not low estrogen symptoms are associated with menopause, but there are other reasons for these symptoms. Women under 40 who aren’t yet going through menopause can also experience symptoms of low estrogen.

Lower levels of estrogen are a usually sign of changes in the body or of a possible health condition. It is important to understand the side-effects or consequences of a decreased estrogen levels so you can take actions to counteract this trigger of night sweats in women. Estrogen is responsible for more than female characteristics and fertility; it also plays in important role in bone health.

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