Night Sweats

You’re lying in bed in totally soaked through pajamas. Hello, night sweats. Estrogen helps tell our brain how to regulate our internal thermometer. As our levels fluctuate during perimenopause and menopause, our “thermoneutral zone” narrows, prompting our body’s thermostat to overreact to the slightest change in temperature.

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Is this normal?

Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common symptoms of menopause. They can last from 30 seconds to 10 minutes, occurring as often as 8 times a night, and continue for as long as 12 years.

What can you do?

You can meditate, buy breathable sheets, and change your diet. But for most women, the most effective treatment calls for recalibrating your hormones.

Head over to our product page to see what your options are. A menopause-trained physician will review your choices and let you know your best options. Start feeling better NOW!

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What are menopausal night sweats?

Hot flashes: Not just for daytime! One of the least fun parts of the journey to menopause, has got to be hot flashes. They come out of nowhere, they’re intense, and occasionally, they make for some awkward moments. When they happen at night, they’re called night sweats, and they’re equally as un-fun.

I’m definitely going to get them, aren’t I?

We hate to be the ones to say it, but, probably. Hot flashes and night sweats are really annoying, and they’re also really common. 85.5% of women in menopause experience them.

What causes night sweats?

One of estrogen’s jobs is to help regulate your internal thermometer. During perimenopause and menopause, your estrogen levels fluctuate wildly, and so your “thermoneutral zone” (read: the temperature range your body is comfortable in) narrows. This means that the slightest change in temperature can prompt a major overreaction from your body, leading to hot flashes and night sweats.

Okay. What can I expect?

They’re called night sweats, so you can expect to sweat at night. And when we say sweat, we mean a lot. You may feel like you’re giving marathoners a run for their money.

Night sweats can come on suddenly and can last from 30 seconds up to 10 minutes. You may have as many as 8 of them per night, and they can hang around as totally unwelcome guests in your bedroom for up to 12 years. Ugh. You may sweat through your pajamas (seriously, we’re talking totally soaked through) and even your sheets. If you find yourself getting up in the middle of the night to change your bedding, know that there are no doubt several other really, really tired (and sweaty) people changing theirs right along with you.

What can I do about night sweats during menopause?

There are lots of people with lots of remedies, and anecdotes about what helped them. Here are the things we hear a lot:

  • Deep breathing
  • Changes in diet
  • Dressing in layers that are easy to remove
  • Meditation
  • Carrying a fan
  • Cutting back on caffeine and/or alcohol

You should try any or all of these, and some may help. But, for most women, the most effective treatment calls for Menopausal Hormone Treatment to boost your estrogen levels. If you want to explore this option, check out Alloy's hormonal solutions on our product page.