Menopause night sweats can be a miserable way to wake up. It goes something like this. You're drenched with sweat, hair wet and clothes soaked, so you have to wash up. Not to mention, the bed is soaked too! Worse yet, it's always in the middle of the night and it's very hard to get back to sleep. Then you dread the next day, because have no idea how you will manage to pull yourself together.
Menopause night sweats were the hardest part of menopause for me until I figured out that I was partially at fault for doing things that triggered them. First, you have to find the triggers then you have to work on getting rid of them. There are some things that make symptoms worse in general then there are ones that affect only you. The goal is to wipe them all out and be free of all symptoms!
In the meantime I learned how to deal with them best as I could. There are things you can do to prepare for night sweats that bring relief. For example, always have a fan blowing whether it's summer or winter. Use cotton sheets and sleep in loose breathable clothing. Consume no hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol or caffeine after 5 p.m. and keep the room cool with an ice pack nearby.
These are common triggers that I didn't know about, but learned. Another one was not getting upset before bedtime. In other words, stress will do it, so you need to be relaxed and not anxious or worried.
It takes time to make lifestyle changes and for them to take affect. However, if you start early in the pre-menopause stage then it makes menopause much easier. If I would have known in my 30's what I know now, then I could have avoided menopause night sweats altogether.
The more you weigh the more likely the body is to over heat, so being at a healthy weight is important. For this to happen there needs to be a healthy lifestyle in place including a balanced diet and exercise, this is vital if you want to be rid of menopause symptoms for good.
In addition, you can use alternative methods that relieve symptoms which may include using a combination of herbal supplements, vitamins, aromatherapy, massage and acupuncture. Of course, whether its diet, exercise or alternative methods it must be done on a consistent basis for it to be effective.
As mentioned above, it takes time to assess triggers and make the changes, but once you do then you can control menopause night sweats and other symptoms. It's up to you to take action and make it happen.
If you want more info on menopause diet and exercise check out the resources below to find out what it is you should do to make the lifestyle changes needed.