How Night Sweats and Hot Flashes Came About?
Night sweats and hot flashes are the major symptoms of menopause. Do you know what cause these ill-conditions?
Here are some of the factors that might encourage them:
Night sweats or sleep hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating that happens during sleeping time. One of the many causes of night sweats is menopause. It is believed that night sweats are the natural companion of menopause. According to several studies, 75% of menopausal women are suffering from night sweats. During the menopausal period, the levels of estrogen become irregular and eventually decline. What happens next is that the hypothalamus in the brain is being affected. This part of the brain is the one that regulates the body temperature. With erratic hypothalamus, there will be physiological reactions and one of them is night sweats.
Moreover, there are other rare causes of night sweats during menopause: anxiety, diabetes, sleep apnea, thyroid disorder, neurological conditions, and cancer.
Furthermore, there are factors that can intensify night sweats.
If you are in menopause, aside from treating yourself, you also have to avoid these triggers:
- Environmental Triggers
- Extra bedding
- Hot rooms
- Warm weathers
- Close proximity to bed partner
- Hot showers
- Hot tubs
- Disturbing dreams
- Diet pills
- Drug use
- Hot or spicy foods
The natural menopause treatments for night sweats are (1) lifestyle changes and (2) alternative medicine such as herbs.
A hot flash is a vasomotor symptom of menopause. It disrupts the normal functioning of the motor and vascular systems of the body. This disruption eventually causes extreme heat and perspiration.
The symptoms of hot flashes are the following:
- Sudden feeling of intense heat
- Flushing or reddening of face and neck
- Quick and unbalanced pulse and heartbeat
- Sleep disturbances
- Cold chills
Still, the changes of estrogen levels are the most common cause of this menopause symptom. Same as the cause of night sweats, the affected hypothalamus alters the temperature of the body that eventually leads to hot flashes. The hypothalamus is being affected when the amounts of estrogen diminished. Moreover, there are other factors that can cause hot flashes.
These are the following:
- Thyroid disease
- Panic disorder
- Rafloxifene, medicine for osteoporosis
- Tamoxifen, medicine for cancer
- Naferelin, gonadotropin analogues
The natural menopause treatments for hot flashes are (1) lifestyle changes and (2) natural and alternative remedies.
Treatments for Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
The natural menopause treatments mentioned above are:
Lifestyle changes include mastering stress, eating a healthy diet, and regular exercises.
There are plenty of menopause supplements with powerful ingredients such as red clover, wild yam, black cohosh, ginger, ginger and St. John’s wort. These are all proven effective to treat the symptoms of menopause.