During menopause women experience a dramatic drop in the estrogen levels. The result is Nocturnal Hyperhidrosis commonly known as night sweats. There are ways to stop night sweats by taking simple measures.
Diet: You must not consume spicy and acidic foods. Cutting down on tobacco, caffeine and alcohol will also help in reducing night sweats. Some believe that dairy products and meat are the culprits but you must keep your nutrition levels high as well. Especially, calcium is vital as menopausal women are prone to osteoporosis. Consult a nutritionist for a compromised yet balanced diet. Also, try to avoid hot meals and beverages at dinner.
Vitamins: Vitamins B and C can aid in stopping night sweats. Morning sunshine that brings with it ample Vitamin D is also immensely beneficial.
Stress: Stress during menopause can be one of the reasons behind night sweats. Meditation will help you deal with unsavoury emotions like anger and worry. You can also de-stress by exercising but avoid any intense and demanding activity that may raise your body temperature dramatically.
Bedroom: You must make your bed and bedroom as comfortable and cool as possible. Use cotton bed sheets and if possible cotton stuffed mattress and pillows. Instead of air conditioning, sleep in a room with ventilation and ceiling fans. Fresh air is more likely to help keep your body temperature regulated. Keep a bottle of reasonably cold water handy. If you go to bed thirsty you are more likely to have night sweats.
[Read: Signs of Menopause in Women]
Clothes: Wear natural fabrics not only to bed but throughout the day. Lose clothes in muslin and cotton in white or light shades are the best options. Synthetic fibres will not allow your skin to breathe. Moreover, synthetic fabrics do not absorb sweat and will increase night sweats and hot flashes. During cold weather you can select natural wool sweaters over polyester ones.
Cool Drinks: Fresh squeezed juices and plenty of water consumption during the day will aid further in keeping your body temperature normal. Most beneficial are citrus options like orange, lemon and mausambi. Carrot and other vegetable juices are advantageous as well.
HRT: The last resort to deal with menopause and its related problems like night sweats is a bit controversial. Hormone Replacement Therapy has been in discussion by experts for a long time. Some are in complete favour of it and cite benefits like total cure of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and increased bone density. Others warn of side effects like increased risk of heart attack, hyper blood clotting and breast cancer. Always consult a doctor and weigh both sides of the debate before opting for HRT to cure night sweats.
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