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Night Sweats - No Problem

Many women suffer from night sweats during chemotherapy and cancer treatment as well as menopause, but you don't have to take it lying down.

In addition to hot flashes, many menopausal women and women going through cancer experience night sweats. You wake up in the middle of the night cold and clammy, your heart pounding, and the sheets drenched in sweat. It's hard to calm down and get comfortable again, and it's impossible not to be irritated by the interruption to a good night's sleep. Is there anything that can be done about them?

To stay comfortable do things like put a fan in your bedroom to keep air cool and circulating. And wearing moisture wicking pajamas. This type of pajama can draw sweat away from your skin, easing any clamminess and helping you to sleep on peacefully.

Moisture wicking sleepwear can remedy sleep disruptions caused by night sweats due to menopause and cancer with the use of high-performance fabrics that dry your skin and move moisture away. If you've been living with hot flashes you'll understand the importance of each of these functions. Having your skin wet is uncomfortable, and some fabrics cling with the moisture. One of the main purposes of sweating—to reduce body temperature—quickly becomes apparent after the discomfort of being wet. With the wrong sleepwear you're no longer only wet, but chilled to the bone as well.

If you are like many people who are living with hot flashes or night sweats, you may find that changing your pajamas on occasion after a significant flash, even when you're not drenched, simply feels better. To do so, having more than one set of PJs is ideal.

In addition to purchasing wicking pajamas, there are a number of measures you can take to reduce the impact they have on your life. Caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods can all trigger hot flashes, so if you avoid or decrease the amount that you consume, this should help with both the number and the severity.

Keep Your Bedroom Cool, Turn down the heat, turn down the air conditioner, or keep the window open and add a fan if needed.  Women who are overweight tend to have worse hot flashes than those who are of average weight. While this may sound impossible, even a loss of a few pounds could make a difference.

Exercise. Some research indicates that increasing cardio-respiratory fitness, including walking and yoga, could be a way to reduce menopausal symptoms. One study found, for example, that women who engaged in regular physical activity had fewer and less severe night sweats. Another study concluded that overweight women were more likely to have hot flashes than their slimmer peers. Recent developments suggest it may be more complicated than that — age is a factor, too — but experts agree that getting active is good for your health.

Regardless, if you are someone that suffers from night sweats remember there are things that can be done to help you get a better night’s sleep.

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 Resources:  https://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause/night-sweats.aspx

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