It’s not easy to sleep when you’re dealing with night sweats. This common symptom of menopause or other hormonal imbalance in women can leave you coping with daytime fatigue and brain fog, and even increases your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re ready to improve the quality of your sleep and to stop waking up drenched in sweat, get in touch with Dr. Rachel Spieldoch and the team at McDowell Mountain Gynecology. Our providers can advise you on handling menopause symptoms like night sweats from our location in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Here are just a few of the things that you can do to relieve your nighttime sweating.
Keeping cool and comfortable
Dr. McDowell can explain simple changes that you can make in your sleeping environment and habits to help with night sweats.
One very basic way of addressing the issue is to turn down the temperature in your home or bedroom before you go to sleep. Overnight temperatures between 65-70°F work the best for most people in terms of nighttime comfort.
Also, think about the fabrics you use for sleeping clothes and bedding, using lightweight natural fabric options. Memory foam mattresses can trap body heat, so a different mattress, or a mattress topper, might be a good idea for you. You can even find mattresses with specialized heat absorbing gel or water that circulates for a cooling effect.
You might even find that taking a pre-bedtime shower helps you cool down and rest well.
Looking at lifestyle
It’s not just habits at bedtime that can impact your night sweats, for better or for worse. Choose foods and beverages that help your body function as well as possible. You need lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein like fish, beans, or poultry. Healthy fats like those found in nuts, olive oil, and avocados are also a good option.
Some substances can make your night sweats worse, especially if you consume them later in the day. Caffeine from coffee can make it hard to fall asleep, while alcohol can actually raise your body temperature. You should also quit smoking to improve your health and relieve your night sweat symptoms.
Learning more about hormone replacement therapy
Night sweats and hot flashes are a common result of lowered estrogen related to the approach of menopause. You might also suffer from increased irritability, lowered sex drive, or hair loss related to menopause. At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, we offer hormone replacement therapy that may be able to help with symptoms related to hormone decreases or imbalances.
Hormone replacement therapy supplements the hormones you’ve lost, helping you feel like yourself again and giving you back the ability to rest through the night without uncomfortable sweating. And, bioidentical hormone pellets have benefits over other delivery methods.
To learn if hormone replacement therapy could be right for you, contact McDowell Mountain Gynecology. Our providers can also advise you on the best strategies for you to use to stay cool, comfortable, and well-rested through menopause.
Schedule your initial consultation appointment at McDowell Mountain Gynecology online or over the phone today.