Have you been waking up drenched in sweat even though it was a chilly 70 degrees in the night? Women with menopause experience night sweats during menopause, and it is one of the symptoms of the decline in reproductive hormones. But how do the lack of hormones give you night sweats?
Why Do Nights Sweats during Menopause Occur?
If you are one of millions of women enduring night sweats during menopause in any season—hot or cold—you know they are a brutal side effect as your health changes during this time.
Are night sweats normal for menopausal women? Yes, night sweats are brought on by surgical removal of the ovaries via hysterectomy, or from natural aging because your body stops producing estrogen. Most night sweats are not serious, and shouldn’t cause too much concern. Contact a doctor if your night sweats last more than a week.
While it doesn’t matter how ice cold you’ve cranked the A/C, your body will still produce night sweats while you go through menopause. The silver lining? They will subside. Women see a decrease in night sweats after a few years.
How to Aid with Night Sweats during Menopause
While you can’t completely rid your body of the potential of night sweats during menopause, these few tips help to reduce the number of nights you stay awake due to night sweats.
Reduce your alcohol consumption
Alcohol is a factor making your menopausal symptoms more severe, including your intense night sweats. As you age, your body becomes more sensitive to the effects of alcohol due to your cartilage and tendons losing water with age. With less water in your body, your body is not able to dilute the alcohol. Women with menopause say their night sweats are worst after a night of drinking.
Take vitamins and supplements recommended by your doctor
Speak with your doctor about their recommendations for vitamins to help with your night sweats. Night sweats occur often due to a lack of vitamin B-12, so ask your doctor if they recommend you begin to take a vitamin B-12 supplement.
Regular exercise is a great way to reduce your menopause symptoms, including night sweats. Even a small stroll around your neighborhood helps with your night sweats. Try to incorporate more exercise to help reduce your long nights due to night sweats.
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