Written by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist: Gabriella Sanchez - January 12, 2023
Night sweats can occur in men and women, but they are more common in women who are going through the process of menopause. The hormonal changes that occur with menopause can cause night sweats that can be uncomfortable, disruptive, and even potentially dangerous. Here we discuss why these night sweats happen after menopause, as well as how to cope with them.
As a woman goes through menopause her body is undergoing hormonal changes - primarily the decrease in estrogen production. This decrease in hormones causes some physiological responses such as hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes tend to come on during the day while night sweats generally occur during sleep at night. Many women report waking up drenched in sweat, often multiple times per night.
The disrupted sleep caused by night sweating increases fatigue and decreases daytime alertness which can make it difficult to focus or think clearly throughout normal activities of daily living. The increase in fatigue also results in increased risk of accidents or falls due to lack of alertness or attention to detail. In addition, chronic dehydration due to excessive sweating can lead to an increase in cardiovascular risk including high blood pressure and heart attack. It’s important for women experiencing frequent or severe night sweats to seek medical attention as there could be underlying causes that need addressing.
The most effective way to address menopausal night sweats is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT replaces the hormones lost during menopause so the body does not go through the same stressful hormonal changes that cause hot flashes and night sweats. This treatment is highly effective but should not be undertaken without first consulting with a healthcare professional about its risks and benefits for any given individual patient’s unique situation.
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Additionally, lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods before bedtime, dressing lightly at bed time, sleeping on breathable fabrics like cotton sheets or cooling mattresses may help reduce symptoms associated with night sweating or hot flushes associated with menopausal transition:
In some cases where traditional hormone replacement therapies are contraindicated due to other health conditions such as cancer risk factors, alternative forms of treatments such as herbal remedies may be considered depending on patient requirements and goals discussed with their healthcare provider.
Finally it’s important for all women experiencing unpleasant symptoms related to menopausal transition ask themselves what kinds of lifestyle tweaks they can make that may help ease their discomfort – like keeping windows open overnight if temperatures aren't too low outside; alternating between cool compresses before going into bed as well sleeping with a fan aimed directly at your face; increasing physical activity levels throughout day might help reduce overall stress levels which then affects nighttime rest quality and helps improve stay asleep duration too! Taking steps towards reducing stress – by practicing deep breathing exercises perhaps - can also positively influence quality & quantity slumber time achieved over-night consequently helping reduce amount nightly wake-ups experienced from hot flashes &/or uncomfortable wet garments from sweat outbreaks!