When does Night Sweating becomes Abnormal?
It’s perfectly normal to sweat at night. Everybody does it as a part of our body’s own way of regulating it’s temperature. However, for some people, the night sweats go overboard. To them, even if the room in which they sleep is adequately cooled down and they’re bed sheets are thin enough – they will find their beds soaked in sweat regularly.
There are many possible causes for night sweats – however, it is particularly common among women who go through their menopause.
Even eating spicy food or drinking a hot beverage before bedtime can bring on a night sweat. Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease is another possible cause. So is a bedroom that’s too hot or sleeping under too many blankets.
Severity of Night Sweats:
- Mild: No bathing or changing of clothes required; may have to turn the pillow or remove blankets.
- Moderate: Sleep disturbed by need to arise and wash face or other affected body areas, but no clothing change.
- Severe: A bath or change of clothing required.
Stop Night Sweats with the Help of Nature:
Some foods have been shown to greatly reduce the frequency, intensity, and severity of night sweat episodes. These foods contain estrogen-like properties that can increase estrogen levels and improve hormonal imbalance. Try eating some of the following foods to help manage your sweating:
Acupuncture may be helpful, without the side effects of medication. A small study published in 2011 found that women who had acupuncture had significantly fewer menopausal symptoms, including night sweats, than those who had sham treatments.
Meditation can also be very successful in helping manage stress levels. Stress is a common sweating trigger for many women.
8 More Tips – Say Goodbye to the Boring Old Night Sweats:
#1 Night sweats is a symptom, not a disorder. Determine what’s causing your night sweats.
#2 Stay hydrated during the day.
#3 Wear lighter clothing in bed.
#4 Cut out alcohol.
#5 Protect your skin from sun damage.
#6 Avoid overly spicy food.
#7 Sleep with the window open if the weather permits.
#8 Eat a balanced diet and indulge in some exercise early in the day.
Will the sweating ever end?
Women who experience night sweats during menopause often worry that they are never going to stop. but Dr. Ford says night sweats do stop for most women.
“The majority of women who experience this kind of sweating find that it goes away within a few years,” he says. “A smaller number of women find that they persist beyond that.”
Unfortunately, other women may have night sweats, at least to some degree, for life. “But they generally lessen over time,” says Dr. Ford.
What to do if you experience excessive night sweats:
If you’re experiencing excessive sweating − to the point where you regularly soak your bed sheets or have sweat patches on your clothes – you might want to speak to your doctor or healthcare professional, who will be able to offer you more advice about night sweats.