Menopause Sweating: Is There a Way Out?

    Menopause Sweating: Is There a Way Out?
    Updated 14 April 2020 |
    Published 03 October 2018
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    Menopause hot flashes and body temperature fluctuations can cause sweating. Especially at night. Learn to manage night sweats with Flo!

    Excessive sweating during menopause: is there a way out?

    About 75–85% of women in perimenopause and menopause notice increased sweating and recurrent feeling of internal heat throughout the body.

    How can you reduce the psychological and physical discomfort during this time? Try to listen to your body and pay attention to certain health and lifestyle aspects. Here are a few tips on how to sweat less during menopause:

    • Many scientists agree that maintaining a normal weight and participating in regular exercise allow you to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes.
    • Your personal relaxation techniques and deep breathing will help you stay calm and avoid outbursts of anger, which are often experienced during age-related hormonal changes.
    • Avoiding spicy food, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, nicotine, as well as drinking a sufficient amount of pure water all contribute to a decrease in sweating.
    • You may find it beneficial to include soy products in your diet. They contain phytoestrogens that are similar to the female hormone estrogen. There is no scientific proof of its effect, but you can see if it works for you.

    If the age-related changes are too acute and painful, consult your gynecologist about hormonal therapy or other ways to fight the problem.

    How to improve your sleep if you go through the “night sweats” menopause stage?

    In menopause, the level of the female sex hormone estrogen decreases, which is accompanied by certain changes in the state of a woman’s health.

    The process of ovarian failure (the cessation of menstruation and loss of fertility) can last for 5-6 years or longer.

    About 75–85% of women experience discomfort during this time due to excessive sweating and sudden hot flashes, which can disrupt the rhythm of normal life.

    Try these simple tips as remedies for night sweats:

    • Wear loose-fitting pajamas or a nightgown made from natural fabrics. They will not constrain your movements and will allow your body to breathe.
    • Wipe your face and neck with a washcloth soaked in cold water to bring relief and help you fall asleep.
    • Go to bed and get up at the same time every night. It is also useful to monitor how much you sleep.
    • Regular sports activities will also contribute to a good night’s rest. However, avoid exercising late at night.

    Note that the habit of taking a nap during the day and drinking too many caffeinated drinks can prevent you from falling asleep at night.

    If you eliminate all obstacles to a good rest, you will be exhilarated and bursting with energy all day long!

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    Reviewed by Dr. Anna Klepchukova, Intensive care medicine specialist, chief medical officer, Flo Health Inc., UK
    Published (03 October 2018)
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