Menopause refers to the termination of menstruation cycle. On aging, the ovaries wear out and as such production of sex hormones in the ovaries dip drastically. Menopause generally occurs between 45 to 55 years.
Peri menopause: It marks the period nearing menopause.
Post menopause: It marks the period post menopause.
The sensation of intense heat in the upper body with quickened heart beat and redness of the chest, neck and face is nothing but the symptoms of hot flashes and this could further cause excessive sweating.
Excessive sweating and hot flashes form the most basic signs of menopause. The period of sweating varies lasting for few seconds to hours in some. The sweating could be disruptive and embarrassing. Menopause sweating is usually accompanied with mood swings.
Most women experiencing night sweats wake up with their night clothes and bed linen drenched in sweat. Some women undergo this as their only menopausal symptom while others may not experience it at all
Drop in estrogen levels trigger menopause sweating and lead to hormonal imbalance. Chemicals are released by the hypothalamus which causes expansion of skin blood vessels to vent out the heat.
The root causes and symptoms for night sweating during menopause are the same as that with hot flashes.
Night sweats is not something one might experience only during menopause as it can occur otherwise also, it is recommended to visit a doctor as it symbolizes an imbalance in the body.
- The first step towards this could be lifestyle changes. Exercising and scheming weight could control sweating.
- Intake of hot beverages like tea, coffee, and too much wine must be avoided.
- Spicy food could also trigger sweating and hot flashes.
- Acupuncture and acupressure also work well in treating this state.
- Intake of herbs such as black cohosh, macafem, sage and alfalfa can also help.
- During Perimenopause usually sweating and hot flashes start and tend to become very intense during the next stage that is menopause. In most cases it decreases or ends in Postmenopause period.
- Avoid thick layered clothing and bed linen in case you’re prone to night sweating.
- Air conditioning could boost the body heat and hence should be avoided.
- Liberal use of talcum powder post shower could help to control sweating.
- Loose clothing is essential to let the body breathe. Cent percent cotton is highly recommended.
- Taking shower twice a day is preferred to keep one feel fresh.
- Night sweats can worsen with smoking.
- The adrenaline level increases when one is emotionally upset or stressed, making sweat glands work harder to sweat excessively.
- One can be relieved of excessive sweating and night sweating to some extent with the help of extracts of sage like sage supplements, sage tea.
Try to sleep with open windows at night. The incoming air can give some relief when you sweat profusely.