Symptoms of menopause and night sweats occurring together
can be very frustrating.
Menopause night sweats are basically hot flashes that occur during
the night and accompanied by excessive drenching sweat.
Therefore the underlying causes, triggers and treatments are
the same for menopause hot flashes.
I would consider below other causes of night sweats that
must not be confused with hotflashes at night
Other Causes To Watch Out For
Not all night sweats in a woman after menopause is due to
menopause. It is important you visit your doctor if you experience other symptoms like weight loss.
Other causes of night sweats, besides menopause include
Being in an overheated room
Some bacterial, viral and fungal infections may cause night
Excessive sweating, both during the day and night may occur
with endocrine diseases like hyperthyroidism, ovarian failure, carcinoid
syndrome and following orchidectomy( Removal of the testes)
Night time hypoglycemia especially in diabetic patients can
cause nighttime sweating with other signs of low blood sugar like hunger,
tremors, headache and even confusion.
Many cancers usually cause night time sweating, especially
blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia.
Medications implicated include antipyretics( Aspirin, Tylenol),
BP medications, antipsychotics and substances like alcohol and heroin
Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
Examples include sarcoidosis, vasculitis and rheumatologic diseases like Lupus
Including autonomic system abnormalities and stroke
More uncommon causes include obstructive sleep apnea,
anxiety, Heartburns and even pregnancy
Any Health Risks?
Menopause night sweats in themselves have no direct negative
health impact. However, their frequent interruption of sleep my lead to stress,
anxiety, difficulty concentrating during the day and other symptoms of sleep
Causes And Triggers
The underlying cause
of menopause night sweats as noted above is the same as that of hot
flashes. They also share common triggers.
Specific concerns for night sweats include
- The timing of the
triggers may affect the severity of nighttime symptom. Watch things that occur
- Stress before
going to bed is a good trigger in many women that worsen symptoms.
Avoiding any known triggers will may help reduce the frequency and severity of night sweats
Treatment options are basically similar to those for hot flashes
Specific strategies for night sweats include
- After 5pm, watch your food and mood!
- Keep your sleep environment cool and windy if possible with a fan at all times throughout the night.
- Sleepwear. Give attention to have very light sleepwear with buttons in front if possible.
- Bedding. Get something you can easily change if soaked.
- Remember to always talk to your doctor if it seems to become unbearable. There is medical therapy that could be tried.
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