Night sweats and insomnia can be both inconvenient & worrying. So it’s natural for anyone suffering from these issues to want to know how to avoid them and get a good night’s sleep. In this article, we will discuss hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, as well as remedies/solutions.
Night Sweats and Insomnia
Hot flashes occurring at night are called night sweats. Night sweats typically accompany heavy perspiration that can drench your sheets & clothes. Menopausal night sweats can impact sleep quality and cause insomnia.
Insomnia can lead to other problems, such as fatigue, irritability, anxiousness, lack of concentration, daytime drowsiness, etc.
Treating Night Sweats & Insomnia
Night sweats and insomnia are debilitating & annoying. Also, there are steps you can take to avoid night sweats and sleep comfortably, including:
- Avoiding alcohol, caffeine & spicy foods
- Exercising, not smoking, staying fit
- Wearing breathable clothing
- Sleeping in a cooler bedroom
- Utilizing relaxation techniques,
- Taking a cool shower
- Avoiding naps during the day
HRT and Alternative Therapies
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the traditional treatment for symptoms related to menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, etc. However, HRT is a method utilized to treat symptoms of menopause only in some groups of women. For example, doctors don’t recommend this treatment for women who have had breast cancer, blood clots, etc.
Acupuncture, using soy products, black cohosh, and red clover are alternative therapies used to treat hot flashes/night sweats, thereby treating insomnia. However, keep in mind these remedies may not work for everyone. Consult your doctor before undergoing these alternative therapies.
Treating hot flashes can improve sleep quality and reduce the harmful consequences of insomnia. If you’re suffering from insomnia and hot flashes are keeping you awake, wear a smart cooling wristband and sleep soundly.