Menopause Night Sweats
Night sweats are one of the most common symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause and potentially, one of the most problematic.
Night sweats can lead to greater health risks than other menopause symptoms due to the fact that they can prevent the sufferer from attaining a good night’s sleep (also known as REM sleep).
Chronic sleeplessness can cause anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, decreased motor skills, irritability, inability to focus on tasks at hand, etc. On balance, those diagnosed with chronic insomnia are three times more likely to die than those with normal sleep patterns. Chronic sleeplessness may prevent an individual from healing from an injury or illness.
Night sweats related to perimenopause and menopause are directly linked to (body) temperature regulating hormonal imbalances and reduced levels of important female estrogens.
Menopause is the time at which a woman stops ovulating and has not had a menstruation period for the previous twelve consecutive months. Following menopause, a woman may continue to experience night sweats and other symptoms for an additional two to ten years, or longer.
Women who have not yet reached menopause and are diagnosed as perimenopause, pre menopause or early menopause may experience night sweats for ten or twenty years prior to reaching menopause.
Menopause night sweats begin as a warm flush around the face, neck, and upper chest and increase in intensity. Bouts can last as long as twenty minutes or more and can reoccur hourly.
Mild night sweats can be controlled without drugs or medications however, changes to diet, exercise, sleepwear, and bedding may be required.
Diet – Certain changes to diet can help to control mild night sweats. Refrain from large meals prior to bed time. It might be advantageous to consume several small meals during the day rather to invest in just two or three large meals. Try to eat foods that are easy for you to digest. Avoid foods or beverages with caffeine or other stimulants or high in sugar. Never eat after 6:00PM.
Exercise - Mild load-bearing exercise is useful to getting a good night’s sleep and can help to ward off osteoporosis.
Sleepwear – Lightweight sleepwear with buttoned fronts are best. Try to find sleepwear with “wicking” capabilities.
Bedding - Lightweight layered bedding is best so that it can be shed easily without coming fully awake in the process.
All of the previously noted precautions relate to those individuals suffering from mild night sweat symptoms. More direct measures are necessary to curb more intense and protracted night sweat bouts.
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