If you suffer from night sweats, then you will know just what it’s like to wake up with your bed sheets and bed clothes soaking wet. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing and disruptive to your sleep. Night sweats can be the worst part of menopause and even peri-menopause for many women for those exact reasons. No one wants to be changing the sheets on a daily basis, sometimes twice in the same night!
What is Happening to Our Body?
When you experience a night sweat, your body is simply sweating in overdrive as you sleep.
When you do eventually wake, you might even feel as though you have had a cold sweat and this isn’t uncommon either. Night sweats range in intensity, some women will suffer far more than others, and some might never have one at all… how lucky! This is generally the same with all menopause symptoms, you can read why this happens in our blog post ‘why do some women suffer more than others…
The part that many women don’t like to talk about, is the effect that night sweats can have on our relationships. Sleeping with the window wide open in the middle of winter might not please our partners, but it’s the way that menopause symptoms make us feel that can have the biggest impact. You and your partner might start associating the bedroom and the bed inparticular with negativity, instead of comfort and pleasure. This can leave you feeling rather unsexy and full of dread each night as you snuggle up to your partner.
Why Do They Happen During Menopause?
When you suffer from night sweats due to menopause, it typically doesn’t matter if you open the window, or lower the room temperature with an A/C or fan. This seems strange if it’s not connected to the room temperature right? Well there is actually a reasonable explanation as to why it happens and it’s very common, so there is no need to feel like something out of the ordinary is occurring.
As you probably know by now if you’ve been following our blog, menopause occurs when our bodies stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries. In the years leading up to the point that we officially become menopausal, we are often in ‘peri-menopause’, as the body starts to reduce these hormones, but hasn’t yet completely stopped the production of them. Both peri-menopause and menopause can cause night sweats; the body’s thermostat is off-balanced due to the reduction in hormones. It’s the same reason we experience hot flushes in the day.
The LaBalance device has been proven to help with 24 symptoms of menopause in 71% of menopausal women. This includes night sweats and hot flushes, the device should be worn throughout the night and is easily attached to your underclothes. If you’d like to learn about how the device works, Find out here.