Do you ever find yourself feeling intensely hot and suddenly dripping with sweat? Hot flashes and night sweats are common complaints, reported as a recurring problem by up to 75% of perimenopausal women in the United States. Because night sweats can occur for multiple reasons, remedies run the gamut from natural to chemical and everything in between.
What is the best night sweat relief treatment? Today we’ll talk about remedies for night sweats to improve your quality of life and provide an overall better sleep experience.
1. Wear Moisture-Wicking Pajamas and Loungewear
Moisture-wicking pajamas and loungewear help wick away moisture, keeping you cool and dry. Wear light layers, like moisture-wicking bed jackets or button-downs if you need to add or remove clothing through the night.
2. Increase Your Daily Exercise
Increasing the amount of exercise you get throughout the day can help maintain a healthy weight and balance hormones, enabling you to sleep more soundly.
However, avoid exercising right before bedtime. Instead, give yourself plenty of time for your body to cool down after working out.
3. Eat and Drink Healthy
Being healthy on the inside is just as important as daily exercise. What you eat and drink can directly reflect how you feel. If you are constantly feeling hot at night, consider eating more high water content foods to reduce heat and toxins in your body. And of course, drink plenty of water!
Cooling, water-dense food choices include:
4. Avoid Food or Drink Triggers
In addition to adding cooling foods to your diet, keep a diary of what you eat and drink to understand better what triggers your night sweats. Typical heat-producing food and drink triggers include:
- Caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea
- Processed, fatty or spicy foods
- Onions and garlic
5. Turn the Thermostat Down
According to the Sleep Foundation, the best bedroom temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. So turning your thermostat may help signal your body that it’s time to sleep.
6. Swap Bedding
Swap your current bedding for a cooling mattress topper, cooling blankets and pillows. Here are some resources for options to try:
7. Hormone Therapies
The production of estrogen and progesterone decreases as we age, often causing hot flashes and night sweats. Hormone treatments are often effective for those who can tolerate hormone supplements.
Check with your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, as serious side effects (including the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack) have been reported with their use.
8. Mind-Body Therapies
Stress reduction techniques like meditation, yoga and acupuncture have relieved some women from persistent night sweats and hot flashes. YouTube is a great resource for meditation and yoga instruction, or check for classes in your area.
9. Herbal Supplements
Some herbal supplements purport to provide natural night sweat relief. Some of these supplements include:
- Black cohosh
- Red clover
- Evening primrose oil
- Dong quai
Important: Check with your doctor before taking these types of “natural” remedies. Some may have unexpected side effects (including liver damage) or be contraindicated with other drugs like blood thinners.
Other Reasons You May Have Night Sweats
Common conditions that contribute to night sweats include:
- Certain medications
- Hot, humid weather
- Hyperhidrosis (chronic sweating)
- Medical conditions including cancer, hypoglycemia, hormone disorders and infections
If you suffer from excessive sweating and don’t know why, contact your physician for alternative treatment options.
Stay Cool and Comfy All Night With Softies PJs
Many new temperature-regulating technologies and remedies help us stay cool and moisture-free, especially from night sweats. However, keep in mind that the effectiveness of these remedies varies depending on certain conditions and various body types.
Softies’ moisture-wicking sleepwear and loungewear help keep you comfortable around the clock. Our Wellness Fabric sleepwear collection features patented drirelease® technology that wicks away moisture and neutralizes odors, and keeps you smelling fresh.
Softies’ sleepwear is exceptionally soft, comfortable and lightweight — which means you’ll always get a good night’s rest.
Experience the Softies difference and try one of our moisture-wicking pajamas today.