Night SweatsNight Sweat

The medical term for Night sweats is “sleep hyperhidrosis,” which are episodes of night time sweating, which can range from mild to severe. Hot flashes and night sweats are very similar and have the same cause.
Night sweats can be so intense that it interrupts a woman’s sleep, which can lead to other health problems due to a lack of sleep.

Common symptoms of night sweats include sudden and intense heat, irregular heartbeat, nausea, flushing, chills, and headaches.
Menopausal night sweats can be from mild to severe, both infrequent and frequent, especially during the usual sleeping hours.

Who is affected?

One study found that approximately 19% of women aged 40 to 55 who still had regular periods experienced night sweats. Most women begin to develop night sweats during peri-menopause, the three to ten years period before actual menopause. Not all women experience night sweats the same, because age, race, and other factors can influence how likely a woman is to develop night sweats during menopause.

Causes of night sweats:

Experts suggest that the actual cause of night sweats are the same as with hot flashes

Hormonal Causes

During menopause, the hormone estrogen begins a steady and permanent decline. This change in estrogen levels affects the hypothalamus in the brain, which is responsible for the regulation of body temperature.

Other causes

While hormonal imbalance is by far the most common cause of night sweats in menopause, there are rare medical causes, such as diabetes, anxiety, neurological conditions, sleep apnea, cancer, and thyroid disorder.

Night Sweat Triggers:

Certain factors can intensity night sweats or make them more frequent. Avoiding these triggers can help many menopausal women alleviate both hot flashes and night sweats.

Environmental Triggers

  • Excess bedding
  • Close proximity to bed partner
  • Hot rooms
  • Warm weather
  • Saunas, tubs, hot showers

Emotional Triggers:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares

Lifestyle Triggers

  • Hot or spicy foods
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Diet pills
  • Smoking
  • Drug use

Treatment for night sweats:

The best treatment for Menopausal Symptoms is: