A major problem with perimenopause night sweats is their interruption of sleep. Women often get up at the heart of the night feeling cold and all soaked with sweat. They may have a rapid heartbeat, chills or headaches. The sheets are are drenched with sweat like someone poured a bucket of water on them. Not only do they have to get up and change the sheets and their sleepwear but getting back to sleep is a completely different challenge to face.
Chronic sleeplessness can lead to
- Anxiety or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
Causes And Triggers
The underlying cause is that of disordered functioning of the body thermostat and body temperature regulation all linked to a fall in estrogen. The triggers are also those of menopause hot flashes. Specific concerns for night sweats include
- The timing of the triggers may affect the severity of nighttime symptom. Watch things that occur after 5pm.
- Stress before going to bed is a good trigger in many women that worsen symptoms.
The first and foremost treatment strategy you should take is avoidance of identified triggers. This will not completely stop the night sweats but may reduce their frequencies and severity. The treatments are those of menopause hot flashes. Always remember to talk to your doctor about them because different medical treatments are available upon prescription that may remedy the situation Specific strategies for night sweats include
- After 5pm, watch your food and mood!
- Keep your sleep environment cool and windy if possible with a fan at all times throughout the night.
- Sleepwear. Give attention to have very light wicking sleepwear to keep you cool and dry
- Bedding: Use wicking pillowcases to keep you cooler and drier
- Remember to always talk to your doctor if it seems to become unbearable. There is medical therapy that could be tried.