Despite your unwavering love for your wife, dealing with her night sweats and menopause symptoms can be a little overwhelming - just imagine how she feels. You love your wife and you would do anything for her, it just may be hard to know how to help her. Keep reading below to find tips on how to deal with your wife's night sweats.
What Are Night Sweats?
While the exact cause of night sweats is hard to determine, they are influenced by a fluctuation of hormones. As your wife stops menstruating, the production of hormones slows and she may experience several symptoms, such as night sweats.
Night sweats are characterized as excessive sweating during sleep. They are the nighttime equivalent to hot flashes. Both occur when the hypothalamus, part of the brain that regulates body temperature, incorrectly perceives the body to be too hot.
Night sweats can disrupt your wife while she is sleeping. She may be clammy, sweating and cold. Sometimes, this may be accompanied by nausea and headaches. Since they are so uncomfortable, it can be hard to fall back asleep - making her fatigued, stressed, and irritable throughout the day.
When Can You Do to Help Her?
First of all, what not to do when your wife experiences a night sweat - run out of the room, complain, or blame her. Instead, try to be supportive and understanding. Know that this is a natural transition that all women undergo and that she cannot control when they will occur or how severe they will be.
Below are 10 of the top tips for dealing with your wife's night sweats:
- Support her
- Listen to her
- Give her chamomile tea before bed
- Banish coffee from the house
- Change to cotton sheets and bedding
- Layer bedding - don't use one big duvet
- Get her to wear cotton or silk pajamas
- Don't get too close during sleep
- Lower the room temperature before going to bed
- Suggest cold showers before bed time
- Make sure she has a glass of water handy to regulate body temperature
Dealing with your wife's night sweats can be hard, but if you remain patient, caring, and supportive, you two will be able to get through this phase together. Click here for more information about helping your wife deal with night sweats.
- The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
- Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
- Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.