Menopause Night Sweats can be annoying, but sometimes it can also be related to an underlying condition.

 The occurrence of excessive sweating while sleeping that is not related to environmental conditions can be termed as night sweats. Night sweats in women over 40 years of age can be attributed to menopause. Night sweats can be annoying, but they are relatively harmless most of the time. However, sometimes, it might be due to a serious underlying medical condition. They are usually so severe that it will drench your sleepwear and sheets. In such cases, it is very important to get medical attention promptly because some of these medical conditions, be it a disease or an infection, can be life-threatening.

Cause of night sweats during menopause

Night sweats are caused because of decreasing or fluctuating estrogen levels. Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone that is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and the secondary sex characteristics (features that appear during puberty). The estrogen levels drop pretty dramatically as the menstruation cycle of a woman comes to an end. This drop impacts your TNZ (Thermal Neutral Zone), which is responsible for keeping your body temperature stable with the outside (environmental) temperature. A drop in the estrogen levels will narrow the TNZ, causing the body heat to rise.

What you can do to counter night sweats

Menopause is a part of every woman’s life. Night sweats and menopause goes hand in hand. However, there are some ways to keep your night sweats at bay.

  • Exercise – Exercising on a regular basis can reduce the frequency of night sweats. Obese or overweight women are likely to have frequent night sweats.
  • Breathe deeply – Studies conducted by NIH (National Institutes of Health) shows that relaxed or paced breathing (slow and rhythmic deep breathing) helps to reduce night sweats.
  • Avoid potential triggers – Smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food may trigger frequent night sweats in some women. Identify the potential trigger / triggers, and avoid them.
  • Control the temperature – Lower the heat in your room by running the air conditioner or a fan or by just opening the window.
  • Drink / sip cool drinks – Drinking or sipping a cool drink may help to keep the body temperature down, when the night sweats hit. Make sure to keep your body hydrated. Always keep a cool drink by your side, at night.
  • HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) – It is an effective way to relieve many of the menopause symptoms, including night sweats, but it may increase the risk of stroke, dementia, and breast cancer.

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