Every woman experiences menopause in her unique way. You may have a different set of symptoms than your friends, sisters, and aunts do. You may not have symptoms at all.
But if you suffer from night sweats, you probably also experience the aftereffects of poor sleep, including brain fog and weight gain.
Sleep is essential to your health. If you suffer from night sweats, Sharon Smith, MD, our expert gynecologist at OBGYN Care of Houston, has a few tips to help you stay dry and rested.
When our ancestors slept in caves or other shelters, the night air kept their bodies cool. You can help your body sleep more restfully if the temperature in your bedroom mimics that of a naturally cool night. Turn down the temperature to somewhere between 65-70 degrees to minimize your risk for night sweats.
Some mattresses, including memory foam mattresses, trap your body heat, which might make you more liable to sweat. Either switch your mattress or use a mattress topper that keeps you cool with heat-absorbing gel or circulating water.
Take a cold or warm shower or bath before bedtime to lower your body temperature, too.
Sleep in the nude or in a light, natural fabric, such as silk or bamboo, to stay cool as you dream. Synthetic fabrics trap the heat. Keep a robe nearby in case you have to venture out into the chilly air for a bathroom break.
If you’re in the habit of eating and drinking for enjoyment alone, you could be turning up your body’s thermostat. Choose foods and beverages that support your body’s functions, instead of working against them.
That means plenty of fresh, whole vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein, and high-quality, healthy fats. Dr. Smith can help you make better choices.
Avoid too much caffeine, especially close to bedtime. Find a healthier substitute for that evening glass of red wine or nightcap. Alcohol raises your body temperature, as do spicy foods.
If you smoke or use recreational drugs, now's the time to kick those habits, too. Dr. Smith can refer you to a specialist or a cessation program.
When your body shifts from fertility to menopause, it gradually stops producing the hormones that cause you to ripen and release eggs from your ovaries.
A key hormone in that process is estrogen. If estrogen dips too low, it can wreak havoc on your body and cause a range of symptoms, including:
In other words, low levels of estrogen don’t just make you look and feel different, they compromise your health, including your sexual health.
Dr. Smith tests your hormone composition with a simple blood test. If she detects imbalances, such as low estrogen, she may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to eliminate or reduce your symptoms.
Fall asleep and stay asleep by getting help with your menopause symptoms, including night sweats. To learn more about BHRT and lifestyle changes that can help you feel more comfortable, contact our Houston, Texas, office today. Dr. Smith also offers virtual consultations.