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We spend approximately 1/3 of our lives in bed. A good night's sleep directly affects our health, well being, energy level, memory capacity as well as our weight and immune system.
Knowing some the causes of night sweats may help you to better control their effects, thereby allowing you to sleep longer and more comfortably thus improving your quality of life.
85% of woman in North America experience some form of night sweats during perimenopause and menopause. Approximately 50% of women continue to experience night sweats for years after. Night sweats are such a common occurrence with women during menopause that it is believed that they go hand in hand. The truth is that these unpleasant and sleep interrupting experiences can and do affect woman and men of any age.
Causes of night sweats
Night sweats are essentially caused by mixed signals between the brain and the body. In moments of estrogen flux, the internal body temperature regulator part of the hypothalamus (the part of the brain which controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue and circadian sleep cycle) misinterprets the message signal for elevated core body heat. It responds by sending a message throughout the body to release heat.
The body reacts with in seconds of receiving this message by increasing its heart rate, dilating vessels to circulate blood and opening sweat glands. Some women experience a wave of anxiety while others might feel heart palpitations. Once the sudden rush has subsided the sensations and panic may have passed but you are still left uncomfortably in a pool of perspiration.
The sudden impulse to dispel body heat is a built in mechanism to protect us from overheating in intensely warm situations.
Symptoms associated with night sweats
- An intense feeling of heat
- Increased heart rate
- Anxiety/feeling of suffocation
- Chills as night sweats subsides
Triggers to avoid hours before bed to help reduce the effects of night sweats
- Carbohydrates and sugar foods
- Caffeine and nicotine
- Spicy foods and hot drinks
- Anxiety and stress
Natural, healthy lifestyle choices to help alleviate some of the affects of night sweats
||A diet consisting of protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. A balanced diet provides the nutrients required to build your hormones and neurotransmitters which affect night sweats and your overall sense of well being.
||Exercising regularly but safely with a sufficient cool down period prior to bed helps in reducing stress which is very important in controlling night sweats.
||Sleeping in nightwear made of natural fibers.
||Using chemical free, breathable natural bedding products with proven wicking properties.