Referred to medically as nocturnal Hyperhidrosis, night sweats are just what they sound like: episodes of excessive sweating during nighttime hours. While it is normal and healthy for everyone to sweat a small amount on warm summer nights, true night sweats are not caused by hot weather, an over-heated bedroom or too many bedclothes; they can have a severe affect on quality of life, soaking pajamas and bed sheets and preventing a peaceful night’s sleep. Night sweats are sometimes accompanied by feverish symptoms, dizziness, nausea and an increased heartbeat. Because the symptoms are so similar, many medical professionals have come to think of night sweats as the nocturnal relative of the ‘hot flushes’ that commonly affect menopausal women during waking hours.
Female night sweats and menopause
Menopause is one of the most common reasons for night sweats in women and research has shown that as many as 75% of women experience them at varying levels of severity during this stage of their life. During menopause, plunging levels of hormones cause the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates body temperature, to become confused and send urgent and unnecessary ‘cool off’ signals to the nervous system, no matter how cold your environment. The nervous system responds immediately by putting into action all its usual in-built processes for cooling you down: you begin to sweat profusely, your heart beat quickens and your skin reddens as your blood vessels dilate. When the hypothalamus triggers this automatic cooling down mechanism during the night, these uncomfortable symptoms are referred to as night sweats. Frustrating and unpredictable, night sweat can leave you unable to sleep, anxious, irritable and drained the next day.
Preventing female night sweats
While the primary cause of night sweats in menopausal women is hormonal, certain environmental, emotional and behavioural triggers can affect their intensity and make them occur more frequently.
|- much, or too heavy bedding||- Stress||- Spicy foods|
|- Hot rooms||- Anxiety||- Alcohol|
|- Hot showers or baths||- Nightmares||- Caffeine, Smoking|
Although making lifestyle changes to avoid these triggers can help reduce the frequency and severity of night sweats during menopause, it does not address the root cause of the problem, which is hormonal imbalance. Complementary medicine treatment Curcuma comosa helps to minimise discomfort caused by declining estrogen levels during menopause, providing safe and effective relief from many of the most commonly reported menopausal symptoms, including night-sweats, hot flashes, sleeplessness and changes in mood.
Taking a herbal remedy such as Curcuma comosa while taking care to avoid lifestyle triggers can help eliminate night sweats and help you get a good night’s rest.