Night sweats are basically “hot flashes” that happen while you're trying to sleep. They're a real bother during the day, but at least you're awake and can try to cool yourself down. However, in your sleep, you're usually unaware of your increasing temperature until you're woken with soaked nightwear and bed sheets. As well as being unpleasant, hot flashes can cause serious disruption to your sleep – leaving you feeling tired and frustrated. So, what causes hot flashes in menopause? And what can help with hot flashes?
What causes hot flashes in menopause?It’s not 100% clear why hot flashes occur during the menopause. Some believe that hot flashes are caused when blood vessels widen making you break out in a hot sweat. Others believe that the rise in body temperature occurs due to hormonal changes that take place during the menopause. It’s unclear what causes hot flashes as some women barely notice them while others find them incredibly uncomfortable.
What triggers hot flashes?Hot flashes can be triggered by some or all of the following:
- Spicy food
- Tight or heavy clothing
What is good for hot flashes at night?There are all sorts of tricks and tips you can try to get relief from night sweats during the menopause:
- Keep the room cool: Put a fan in your bedroom or leave windows open to keep your temperature down.
- Wear natural fibers: Make sure that you wear a cotton rather than synthetic nightie or pyjamas to bed.
- Natural fibers 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 for hot sweats during the menopause. 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 when it comes to keeping you cool, 100% cotton sheets duvet covers are more effective than synthetic alternatives. From sheets to duvet covers and pillowcases, aim for an all-natural sleep environment.
- Avoid memory foam: Memory foam relies on your body heat to make it work – a nightmare if you want to keep cool! We’ve put together some advice on improving your sleep quality if you’ve already got a memory foam mattress.
- Choose light bedding: Ditch heavy bedding in favour of a lighter, thinner duvet. Feeling the chill? Add a wool 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.
How wool bedding can ease hot flashes at nightBelieve it or not, thousands of women all over the UK turn to wool to find relief from hot flashes at night! When you understand the science behind this miracle fiber, it’s easy to see why. Wool is effective at regulating temperature and is highly absorbent. In fact, it can absorb more moisture (33%) than other natural fibers 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. So, you can sleep on in comfort and wake feeling refreshed in the morning.
Here at Woolroom, we’ve helped hundreds of happy customers find a better night’s sleep – here are just a few:
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"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..."
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