What are the signs and symptoms of the menopause?

What are the signs and symptoms of the menopause?

Let’s talk about the menopause. In this article, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of the menopause and its impact on your sleep.

What is the menopause?

The menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops producing eggs from her ovaries (ovulation) and stops having periods (ceases menstruation). Menopause normally occurs when a woman reaches around 50 years of age and levels of the body’s sex hormone, oestrogen, decreases.

Signs and symptoms of the menopause?

During the early stages of the menopause, women will often experience changes in their monthly periods and may also experience:

  • mood changes, such as anxiety or depression
  • headaches
  • reduced libido and vaginal dryness
  • heart palpitations
  • insomnia
  • hot flushes and night sweats

Menopause and sleep

Menopause can have a detrimental effect on sleep, causing insomnia and night sweats.

Night sweats occur as a result of hot flushes during the night. A hot flush makes you feel very hot, very suddenly, normally lasting no longer than a few minutes. When they occur at night, they can disrupt sleep, which can lead to irritability and a lack of concentration during the day.

Treatments for the menopause

If your menopause symptoms are extreme and affecting your day to day life you might want to visit your GP to discuss hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or anti-depressants.

There are also a number of natural remedies for menopause and night sweats as well as simple lifestyle changes you can make to ease the symptoms of menopause:

Lifestyle changes:

  • Regular exercise – as well as boosting mood, regular exercise will help you avoid putting on weight and has been shown to reduce menopause symptoms.
  • Healthy diet – during the menopause decreased oestrogen levels also cause a decrease in calcium, which can affect bone strength. A healthy balanced diet will keep bones and muscles strong.
  • Stop smoking – not only can smoking cause earlier onset of the menopause it can cause hot flushes to be more severe.
  • Keep cool – wear light clothing and opt for light bedding to keep you cool at night time.
  • Relax – stress can be a hot flush trigger and affect your sleep

Menopause Cafe

The menopause is no longer a taboo subject. Talking about the changes your body is going through with other women can be a rewarding, uplifting experience. Sometimes you can feel isolated going through the menopause and struggle to find information and support around symptoms from traditional sources. This is where the Menopause Cafe comes in! This is a safe space where women and people experiencing the menopause can meet, chat and discuss their experiences in a safe and welcoming space. The Menopause Cafe initiative has a presence throughout the U.K. and you can meet up as often or as little as you like. For some, just knowing that this support is available is incredibly encouraging. Find out if there’s a cafe near you or how to start one in your area here.

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Hot flushes and night sweats in women

Hot flushes and night sweats in women

What are night sweats?

People who suffer from night sweats often wake up to find themselves and their bedclothes wet with sweat. Night sweats are very common in men (Night Sweats in Men: The Cause and Solution) and women and often a result of simply being too warm at night. It might be the case that your duvet is too heavy, your pillows are not breathable or that your bedroom is too warm, read our recommendations for bedding that will prevent night sweats.

However, the most likely cause of night sweats in women is the menopause. Women will experience the menopause at around 50 years old and the resulting reduction in oestrogen production can cause hot flushes in the day and sweat at night, as well as a number of emotional symptoms.

What are hot flushes or hot flashes?

Hot flushes, also known as hot flashes, are a common symptom of menopause and can occur during the day or at night making you feel suddenly very hot, causing discomfort, blushing and sweating. The severity of hot flushes will vary from woman to woman and can be experienced years after the start of menopause.

How do I prevent hot flushes and night sweats?

Sometimes hot flushes occur without warning and cannot be avoided but the best-known triggers of hot flushes are thick jumpers, alcohol, coffee, spicy food and stress.

It’s recommended that you keep yourself cool with light clothing and bedclothes, take lukewarm showers and baths and cut down on caffeinated drinks and alcohol.

What causes hot flushes and night sweats in women?

If you’re having hot flushes or night sweats and are not going through the menopause other factors could be causing you to sweat, including:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet and fitness
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Side effects of medication

When to visit your GP

Nights sweats and hot flushes are normally a harmless side effect of the menopause but they can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. If in addition to night sweats and hot flushes you’ve also been feeling weak, fatigued or experience weight loss then make an appointment with your doctor.

To find out more about night sweats and what bedding will help keep you cool, read what are night sweats and how do I combat them? 

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5 Natural Remedies to Combat Night Sweats

If you’re suffering from night sweats and frequently wake to find yourself and your bedding drenched in sweat, you may not necessarily need to rush to your local GP for prescribed medication. There are, in fact, several natural remedies you can try which are simple and often inexpensive.

  1. Keep cool

    Water – the most natural remedy on Earth – could help you combat your night sweats. By drinking a glass of ice cold water before bed, you will help yourself stay cool even during the warmest nights.

    Placing a fan in your room at night, opening a window and having a tepid bath before bed will also help you stay cool at night.

    Wearing thinner and cooler pyjamas will also help you stay cool. Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear helps to regulate body temperature while sleeping.

  1. Lifestyle changes

    Simple lifestyle changes may help you avoid night sweats. Avoiding hot drinks, spicy food and alcohol before bed will help to reduce your body temperature. Studies have shown that daily exercise helps to reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats.

    Sleeping in natural, breathable fibres such as wool at night can also help to regulate your body temperature. Read ‘Bedding to keep you cool at night’ for further advice.

  2.  Acupuncture

    Studies have shown that regular acupuncture treatments help to reduce night sweats in menopausal women by 28%.

  3. Oils and herbs

    Herbal supplements have also been known to reduce overheating during sleep. Studies have shown that Black Cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, could help to alleviate symptoms of menopause and night sweats. Berries from the chaste tree have been used for thousands of years. Studies today show that they can help reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats.

  4.  Vitamins

    Not only do vitamins form an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle – they are also known for helping to reduce night sweats. Women who supplement their diet with multivitamins, in particular vitamin C, have often seen a reduction in menopause symptoms such as night sweats. If natural remedies do not alleviate your symptoms, or if you are unsure then it might be worth a trip to your GP.

For advice on a range of other sleep issues such as snoring and allergies, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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What are night sweats and how do I combat them?

What are night sweats and how do I combat them?

What are night sweats?

Waking up during the night to find yourself, your bed and your bed clothing drenched in sweat is an uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes, this can simply be caused by a warm evening and general overheating. However, if this happens frequently on cool evenings, you may be suffering from night sweats.

This is a common problem and there are several factors that could be causing those uncomfortable, sweaty nights.

  1. Temperature

    If your night sweats occur infrequently and usually on warm evenings, then you may be just too warm! By investing in some lighter bed clothing and bedding you will help to make your slumber more cool and comfortable.

  2. Food and drink

    Drinking alcohol or eating spicy food before bed is not only a cause of snoring but it can also increase your chances of night sweats. By avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol or spicy foods and by making sure you drink plenty of water before bed, you will help keep your sleep as cool and as silent as possible.

  3. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is also a known cause of night sweats. It is a condition where the walls of your throat contract, interrupting normal breathing during sleep. For more information on Sleep Apnoea and how to combat it, read this article: What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnoea?

  4. Medication

    If you are currently taking medication such as birth control pills, antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, these will often list night sweats as a side effect. Contact your local GP for more information about the side effects of your medication if you feel it may be interrupting your sleep.

  5. Illness

    Other medical factors could be the root of your night sweats including hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), tuberculosis, endocarditis and early symptoms of certain cancers. Night sweats are not usually a sign of illness but if you are unsure then a trip to your GP may help you determine the cause of your uncomfortable nights.

  6. Menopause

    The menopause is often linked with night sweats, due to reduced oestrogen levels.

Night sweats caused by menopause and hot flashes

Two of the largest causes of night sweats in women are hot flushes (also called hot flashes) and menopause. Despite being incredibly natural and normal, both of these can be unpleasant. These don’t necessarily need to be treated with medication, but they can be uncomfortable and sometimes lead to feelings of tiredness and irritability.

Menopause

Menopause is a natural phase that affects all women, signalling the end of menstruation. Fifty-one is the average age for a woman to experience menopause in the UK. The change in a woman’s oestrogen levels can cause several emotional and physical symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flushes.

Hot flushes and hot flashes

Sometimes referred to as a ‘hot flash’, hot flushes occur when women suddenly feel too warm, seemingly with no explanation and can be related to changes in circulation. Hot flushes can sometimes happen at night as night sweats.

Hot flushes can be linked to premenstrual overheating, and also with the menopause. Avoiding triggers such as caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods are a good way of helping to reduce hot flushes, although they cannot be avoided entirely.

Natural remedies for night sweats

You don’t need to rush straight to the doctor to ease night sweats. There are several natural remedies and tactics that can keep you cool and comfortable, such as yoga and cooling aids such as ice packs. It’s time to unpack that electric fan, too!

Read this article for natural remedies to help combat night sweats.

Men and night sweats

Men can also suffer from night sweats, too. Night sweats in men can be related to hormone levels, possibly indicating low testosterone. Research has suggested that men who work out may be conditioned to sweat at lower temperatures than expected and so night sweats could be a sign of overtraining. However, before altering your lifestyle dramatically, visit your GP to discuss the causes and symptoms.

Products to combat night sweats

There is no need to suffer with night sweats. By keeping cool at night, you may be able to help to combat your uncomfortable nights. SlumberSlumber offers a wide range of products to help you gain a peaceful, cooler night’s sleep.

Pure Australian Wool Duvet 300 gsm Light Weight

The temperature regulating qualities of wool makes the Pure Australian Wool Duvet perfect for couples and for warm sleepers.

Chillow Pillow

The Chillow is a unique cooling pillow pad offering relief from premenstrual overheating, night sweats and hot flushes so are the perfect solution for hot sleepers and warm summer nights.

SlumberSlumber offers advice and tips on a range of sleep issues from allergies to snoring. For guidance on a wide range of sleep problems visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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