June 04, 2013
One of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause is night sweat. These night sweats are an actual medical condition, known as nocturnal hyperhidrosis. Ultimately, the root cause is simply the fluctuating hormones women deal with during this changing phase of life.
During menopause, a woman's ovaries produce less estrogen, which causes a variety of symptoms. One of these is that the blood vessels of the skin dilate, which warms the body quickly. The uncomfortable result is a "hot flash," or during sleeping hours, night sweats.
Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with night sweats, if not eliminate them completely. All of the remedies listed here are completely natural, and can be incorporated into your routine immediately. Give one (or a few) a try, and see how well your night sweats can be ameliorated. N
Though alcohol abuse is a common cause of night sweats, in women who are already dealing with hormone changes in menopause, even moderate use of alcohol can induce sweating. Red wine in particular seems to cause this symptom, so try to cut back on your consumption, especially before bedtime.
Spicy foods can really raise your internal temperature. Hot chilies are an obvious culprit, but also try avoiding horseradish, hot mustard, and even large amounts of garlic and onions. If you can't live without these ingredients, at least confine your consumption to earlier in the day.
Though it is a common craving, the caffeine in chocolate can worsen night sweat symptoms. In fact, all stimulants can contribute to night sweats, so consider avoiding coffee, tea, and soda as well. Again, consuming these during the morning or early afternoon hours is better than in the evening before bedtime.
Keep a cold glass of water next to your bedside. That way, when you wake up hot, you can cool down quickly and get right back to sleep. This is a simple fix, which may help when those inevitable night sweats strike.
Cool down your body temperature just before bedtime by taking a cool shower. This may even help you relax and get to sleep easier.
Something as simple as switching your bedclothes can make a huge difference in keeping you cool. Opt for natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk, which will breathe with your skin. Synthetics like polyester can trap heat and worsen your symptoms.
Blankets, quilts, or comforters on your bed should also be reevaluated. Ditch the synthetic duvet cover if it is destroying your sleep by making you too hot. A 100% natural fabric like cotton is ideal for a bed cover.
Unfortunately, some nights you may want to sleep with the very minimum of covers, while your husband still needs something to keep warm. An excellent product for dealing with this problem is called the "Twovet." It is a comforter with one thick side and one thin side, keeping both you and your sleeping partner comfortable. It is also machine washable, which is an important feature when you are dealing with night sweats.
Give some of these natural remedies a try, and see whether you can relieve some of your night sweat symptoms quickly and painlessly.
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