Common Causes (And Cures) For Night Sweats

Many women, especially those experiencing menopause, suffer from night sweats. A night sweat can greatly disturb sleep, especially if it is either severe enough or occurs frequently enough to cause you to wake often. This then accentuates the sometimes constant fatigue that may women going through menopause experience. While night sweat in women during menopause may not be able to be totally eliminated, there certainly are some things that can help lessen both the occurrence and intensity of it.

Sweating at night is a common symptom of menopause, often starting during peri-menopause as one of the earlier symptoms that a womans body is undergoing change. Similar to the familiar hot flush that occurs at odd hours during the day, night sweats are an attempt by your body to cool down what it recognizes as rising body temperature. If you are experiencing this on a regular basis, one of the first things you may want to do is go over your diet. Caffeine, alcohol and some foods such as spicy food can trigger these reactions. Eliminating them from your diet, or greatly cutting back on them, can help to lessen the intensity of the sweating.

It is also a good idea to layer up at night especially if your constant tossing and turning interrupts your partners sleep as well. Simply apply layers of thin blankets on top of you. If you are hot, peel back a blanket, when you feel chilled, pull it back up again. Being able to layer your blankets will give you the opportunity to remain comfortable during the night. If you have trouble sleeping because you experience a night sweat from time to time you should also try to sleep in cotton nightwear. Cotton is a natural fiber that both allows your body to breath and also absorbs moisture, helping you to stay more comfortable during the night.

Finally, overweight women often find they suffer more from night sweats than those who are at their correct weight. Exercise during the day, watch your diet and take natural vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure that you are in optimum health. Doing so may well help ease the problem of night sweat in women experiencing menopause.