Night sweats are a troublesome and, unfortunately a very common symptom of menopause. Many women claim to suffer from night sweats with as many as 75% of menopausal women experiencing these episodes at some point during this transitional period.
Considering the common occurrence of night sweats, it is a good idea to understand the causes and triggers of these episodes, as well as of other menopausal symptoms.
What Causes Night Sweats and Chills?
Menopause brings about a lot of changes in the female body, many of which are caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Such hormonal changes affect the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that regulates body temperature according to the environment.
Night sweats, chills, and feeling of intense heat occur when hormonal changes cause the hypothalamus to falsely sense a rise in body temperature.
Declining levels of estrogen hormones related to menopause seem to have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, which sends incorrect signals to the nervous system to rapidly cool the body. This results in feelings of intense heat for the sufferer of night sweats.
What Triggers Night Sweats?
There are various factors that can make night sweats more severe and more frequent. By avoiding these you can help alleviate night sweats and ease the symptoms of chills and feelings of intense heat.
• Excess bedding
• Close proximity to bed partner
• An overly-warm room temperature
• Warm weather
• Eating spicy foods
• Alcohol or caffeine consumption
• Diet pills
• Drug use
How to Manage Night Sweats
There are many ways to deal with night sweats naturally. As well as avoiding the triggers listed above, other simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce the frequency and severity of night sweats.
Reducing stress levels, improving your diet, and doing regular exercise can all help to relieve night sweats.
Although such alterations to daily routine will help many women to relieve night sweats, others may need further assistance to address the hormonal imbalance that causes these symptoms.
To treat this imbalance directly, many women will benefit from using alternative medicine, such as the Manna Menopause Support, which works in a safe and effective way.
Combining lifestyle changes with natural therapies is the most successful way to combat night sweats.