If you experience night sweats alongside other alarming symptoms like excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue that could mean a decline in sleep health or unexplained fever or weight loss, it may be best to seek medical help anyway.
Since the most common reason is menopause-related, the most common treatment is hormone therapy.
Hormone therapy, defined as the use of estrogen with or without progesterone, aims to balance out the irregular level of hormones that cause night sweats. Hormone therapy also helps with other menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness.
Estrogen replacement therapy works a similar way but isn’t an option for people with a history of breast cancer because the treatment poses risks to blood clots and gall bladder inflammation. Medication for night sweats could include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, clonidine, and megestrol.
Some non-drug ways of managing it is wearing loose-fitting and lightweight cotton pajamas that would make you sweat less.
Being better prepared in your bedroom setup like having layered bedding and good ventilation would also help. Preparing cold water in your nightstand and a cold pack under your pillow would also help.
Like normal sweating, you can avoid its triggers like alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, and spicy food. Before sleeping, you may also use deep breathing exercises and relaxation methods to manage night sweats.
Night sweats are bound to happen at one point or another. What’s important to know is that we have our options in treating them and managing them. We hope this article better informs you about your options when dealing with night sweats related to menopause or other conditions.
Learn more about Menopause here.
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