How To Stop Menopausal Night Sweats

Ten Ways To Stop Menopausal Night Sweats

When hot flashes happen during sleep they’re called night sweats.  These steamy episodes can cause you to perspire through your clothes and wake up frequently during the night feeling either too hot or chilly. The latter happens while the sweat is evaporating.  No wonder you may be fatigued, irritable, and have trouble concentrating during the day.  Well, who needs this nightmare? According to Alyssa Dweck, M.D. co-author of  "V is for Vagina: Your A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures, And So Much More,"  there are ways to stay comfy through the night. Here’s how:

Keep a glass of ice or iced water on the night table.

Substitute soft drinks for alcohol in the evening. FYI: Red wine seems to be a bigger culprit than white wine or vodka for that matter.

Pass on spicy dinners: avoid cayenne, chili peppers, wasabi, and hot mustard and eat smaller meals rather than a large one at night.

No rich chocolate desserts.

Lower the thermostat.

Crack the window in winter and turn on the AC when the weather is warm.

Wear cotton pajamas or a night gown or just your birthday suit.

Use cotton, not synthetic sheets.

Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets.

Take a cool shower before bed.

Robin Westen is ThirdAge's medical reporter. Check for her daily updates.

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