Summer is a great time of year; you can sit in the sun, enjoy the hot weather, and take walks during long evenings. However, for menopausal women suffering from night sweats (a condition that is affected by warmer climates), summer can lose its appeal.
Severe night sweats, often triggered by hot weather, can lead to restless nights and exhausting days. They can even cause stress and depression and significantly disrupt your everyday life. Read on to learn about why you get night sweats and some top tips on how to deal with them during summer.
Night Sweats in Brief
Hormones play a vital role in your body by helping to ensure it functions properly; however, during menopause, the delicate balance of hormone levels can be disrupted, and a woman will usually experience menopause symptoms, including night sweats. Keep reading for advice on how to deal with your night sweats during summer.
Rid Yourself of Night Sweats
Follow these tips:
Sleep with a fan by your bed. More direct than air conditioning, a fan is a great option. Instead of a large disruptive one, place a smaller version by your bedside so that you can turn it on and off as you need to. If you're concerned about disturbing a partner, consider the option of getting portable, battery-powered fans as these are often a quiet and convenient option that will be especially handy in the summer.
Soothing music. To help calm and relax your nerves, turn on some soothing music, such as classical piano pieces. Rain, oceans, and other nature sounds are especially relaxing and can help you get back to sleep.
Drink water. Nights sweats may cause you to lose a lot of water. Make sure you drink plenty of water to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration should be avoided because it can cause further stress, sleep deprivation, and strain on the body, which can in turn provoke more night sweats.
These are just a handful of tips for beating night sweats during the hottest times of the year. Bear in mind however that some of these techniques may suit some women better than others. These methods may also be applicable to night sweats during other seasons.
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- 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.