Is it time to start looking for an effective menopause night sweats treatment? Everyone has experienced how uncomfortable it can be to wake up from a dream to be covered in sweat.
The question becomes are the bedding, you and your night clothes so wet from menopause night sweats that trying to go back to sleep will be impossible, or will getting up and changing the sheets and your clothes wake you up so that you won’t be able to go back to sleep anyway. It can be very frustrating and it certainly is a reasonable motivation for seeking menopause night sweats treatment.
One of the causes of night sweats in women is entering menopause. We’ll take a look at some of the causes of menopause night sweats and what you can do to help reduce the discomfort that comes with them.
What Causes Menopause Night Sweats?
One of the most common symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. Hot flashes can occur at any time and are caused by the changes in the bodies hormone production. Hot flashes cause a rush of heat, which can be fairly mild or severe causing sudden sweating. You might feel the need to take off a layer of clothing, even when everyone else around you is completely comfortable. Most of the time, hot flashes are short in duration, lasting only a few minutes. However, they can last for as much as 30 minutes. When hot flashes occur at night it causes night sweats. The combination of the hot flash while covered with both pajamas and bedding leads to sweating while sleeping.
Menopause Night Sweats Treatment
There are a number of things that you can do to help with the difficulties and discomfort that accompany excessive sweating while sleeping.
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): If you find that you are soaking the bedding on a regular basis, and are having significant discomfort throughout the day, this might be a good way to go for you. There are risks involved with using this kind of treatment, so be sure to consult closely with your doctor regarding this treatment.
- Natural Remedies: For women who can’t use HRT or prefer not to use HRT there are many natural remedies for night sweats in women. These include herbal remedies like black cohosh or red clover, the use of phytoestrogens or the addition of specific vitamins to help curb night sweats and other symptoms of menopause.
- Keep the bedroom cooler: There are a number of ways to do this. Lower the heat in the room and use a fan to circulate the air in the room. Have more layers of blankets and sheets, so that you can peel them back as needed to reduce your heat levels. Sleep in light-weight pajamas, or without them. Keep some ice nearby to help yourself cool off if you wake.
- Cooling Devices: There are a few different clever cooling devices that can help provide relief from menopause night sweats. The most effective of these include cooling pillows (like the Chillow), cooling mattress pads and bed fans.
- Keep a cool towel handy: This could mean simply having a towel to dry off the excess sweat, or actually sleeping on a towel both underneath you and on your pillow, depending on the level of sweat you’re experiencing.
- Other Treatments: If you continue to experience menopause night sweats after these solutions, try some of the devices and solutions suggested in my night sweats treatment article or the herbal remedies suggested in my night sweats relief article.
And for more aggressive treatments, try the devices discussed in detail in my night sweats bedding guide, where I illuminate the uses of the chillow, the chili pad temperature control system and the bed fan. And for night sweats clothing, try my new night sweats sleepwear guide, where I discuss nightgowns and sleepwear brands designed specifically to help you with your night sweats, including bedclothes from DriNights, NiteSweatz, Coolfemme and my favorite, Cool-Jams.
While it may be uncomfortable, remembering that this is part of the journey of living can help you to maintain a positive attitude about the changes that are happening to you. And remembering that menopause night sweats treatments are available when you need them will help you get over any really difficult periods you might experience.