Night sweats and hot flashes are two common symptoms that affect women during menopause. But the two have some key differences.
Hot flashes are intense feelings of heat and sweating, typically occurring at night or during the day. Night sweats, on the other hand, are episodes of excessive sweating during sleep.
Estrogen decline impacts the hypothalamus leading to hot flashes. Night sweats can arise from hormonal imbalances, meds, infections or other illnesses.
Hot flashes cause sudden warmth, sweating and chills. Night sweats involve excessive sweating while asleep, leading to feeling hot and uncomfortable upon waking.
HRT restores estrogen to relieve hot flashes/night sweats but may have side effects and isn't for everyone. Lifestyle changes like avoiding triggers can also help.
Hot flashes & night sweats are common menopausal symptoms but differ in causes, symptoms & treatments. Women should consult a healthcare provider for a tailored treatment plan.