Menopausal night sweats are a common symptom among women, frequently disturbing sleep patterns which in turn can heighten other symptoms. But what causes menopausal night sweats exactly? And how long do night sweats last during menopause? Find out the answers and some advice on how to stop menopausal night sweats, or the effects of, below.
What causes menopausal night sweats?
Menopausal night sweats are caused by changes in your hormones which affect your body’s ability to regulate temperature. In particular, dramatic drops in oestrogen and progesterone levels affect your brain’s ability to cool you down, and it’s this that triggers the hot flashes and sweating. Because your brain is now less able to regulate your body temperature, even the smallest change in temperature can cause blood to rush to the skin’s surface, causing excessive hot flushes at night and during the day.
How long do menopause night sweats last?
How long do menopausal night sweats last? Unfortunately, there is no set pattern. As there are different stages of the menopause – perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause – the drop in hormone levels can actually begin with the onset of perimenopause night sweats. It’s at this stage that you’re more likely to experience menopause sweats, and perimenopause night sweats can last for an average of four years. However, this can differ from person to person. In fact, some women may experience postmenopausal night sweats for some time too.
If you’re worried about the prolonged symptoms of menopause and night sweats, speak to your doctor – they’ll be able to advise you on the different routes you can take to take to cope, as well as some potential natural remedies for hot flushes and night sweats.
How to prevent night sweats during the menopause
As well as being unpleasant, menopause and night sweats can cause serious disruption to your sleep – leaving you feeling tired and frustrated. So what can be done about it?
How to stop night sweats during menopause
Wondering how to stop night sweats during menopause? Want to feel well-rested and prepared for the new day, without experiencing disturbed sleep? Other than taking prescribed medication, there are all sorts of tricks and tips you can try to get relief from menopausal night sweats. Here are some natural remedies for hot flushes and night sweats:
- Keep the room cool: Put a fan in your bedroom or leave windows open to keep your temperature down, the air flowing and reduce the symptoms of menopausal night sweats.
- Wear natural fibres: Make sure that you wear cotton rather than synthetic clothing to bed. Natural fibres are more breathable than synthetic alternatives, helping to keep you cooler as you sleep.
- Know your triggers: Spicy foods, caffeinated drinks (such as tea and coffee), and alcohol are all known to be triggers of menopause sweats. Try cutting these out before bed to see if it reduces the frequency or severity of your hot sweats.
- Opt for natural sheets: Just as cotton pyjamas are better than polyester at keeping you cool, 100% cotton sheets and duvet covers are more effective than synthetic alternatives. From sheets to duvet covers and pillowcases, aim for an all-natural sleep environment to help manage menopausal night sweats. Our range of organic cotton bed linen offers some of the best cool sheets for menopause. You can also browse our range of cool pillows for menopause.
- Avoid memory foam: Memory foam relies on your body heat to make it work – a nightmare if you’re looking for menopause night sweats relief! Although, we’ve also put together some advice on sleeping with memory foam and night sweats, to help improve your quality of sleep if you already own a memory foam mattress.
- Choose light bedding: Ditch the heavy duvet in favour of lighter, cool bedding for menopause. Feeling the chill? Add a wool bed blanket on top which can be easily tossed aside when you get a little warmer.
- Sleep with wool bedding: There is surprisingly little said about this simple but effective solution – wool is a highly effective natural fibre when it comes to keeping you cool and absorbing moisture. Find out more about how wool can help with menopausal night sweats below.
Cool bedding for menopause night sweats: How wool can help
Believe it or not, thousands of women all over the UK turn to wool to find relief from menopausal night sweats. When you understand the science behind this miracle fibre, it’s easy to see why. Wool is effective at regulating temperature and is highly absorbent – making it the perfect choice for night sweat sufferers and warm sleepers.
In fact, it can absorb more moisture (33%) than other natural fibres such as cotton (10%) or down (5%). By absorbing this moisture while you sweat, wool bedding helps to keep you dry – preventing that clammy feeling that wakes you up in the night. So, you can continue to sleep on in comfort and wake feeling refreshed and ready for the day – even when you experience hot flushes at night.
How wool has helped our customers with menopause and night sweats
Here at Woolroom, we’ve helped hundreds of happy customers find a better night’s sleep by reducing the effects of menopause and night sweats – here are just a few examples:
“For someone who tosses and turns, lies awake worrying at 3.00am and has the night sweats, I seemed a good candidate to return the items after your promise of refunding if no improvement in sleeping (sleep guarantee available on all bedding sets). They have proven to be quite magic and I have never slept better and will be advising everyone I know to invest in them. Thanks for a superb product – worth every penny!”
“I ordered it originally to help with ‘sweating at night’; problems to do with my age... the great thing is that I’ve stayed comfortable and dried off quickly... I’m more delighted than I can say. I know that this duvet is going to become my favourite place of refuge, comfort and rest. It is light and drapey and feels so natural and cosy. Huge thank you’s to all concerned...”
Unfortunately, there’s no exact science when figuring out how to stop menopausal night sweats. In fact, you may not be able to stop them altogether. But you can certainly improve your sleep environment to keep you as cool as possible.
Ready to tackle the menopause and night sweats, and get a better night’s sleep? Get help with sleep during menopause with our range of British wool bedding and build your perfect sleep sanctuary today.