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A common symptom of menopause, night sweats are similar to hot flashes or hot flushes. However, a night sweat occurs in your sleep and causes more sweating than a normal hot flash, often significantly dampening the bed. Upon waking, you often feel either too hot or too cold.
Night sweats, known by the medical community as sleep hyperhidrosis, is the occurrence of profuse sweating due to an increase in body temperature, not related to the external environment. The occurrence of night sweats is very similar to a hot flash, however it is often more severe – causing the sufferer’s clothing and bed sheets to become soaked with sweat. This condition is classified as a sleep disorder driven by an impairment of the body’s sympathetic nervous system and its temporary failure to effectively regulate internal temperatures. Upon waking, the sufferer may feel too hot or too cold and the sleep cycle becomes greatly disturbed due to the discomfort of sleeping in wet clothing and sheets and the general necessity to change both. Night sweats may be related to a number of adverse health conditions such as hormone imbalances, chronic illness, certain medications or age-related conditions, such as andropause and menopause.
What causes Night Sweats in Women?
Night sweats in women are another one of the most recognizable symptoms of menopause and hormone imbalance.
Much like hot flashes, low estrogen and its effect on the hypothalamus is often specifically what causes night sweats in women. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls appetite, body temperature, sleep and sex hormones. Reduced natural estrogen levels fool the hypothalamus into believing that the body is too hot. Subsequently, a night sweat occurs in an effort to purge the body of this fictional excess heat.
There is a fast and easy resolution to unpleasant and irritating night sweats in women. Natural hormone replacement therapy is an idyllic solution that ends the problem at its origin; not just disguising the issue. BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone therapy begins by measuring the existing levels of your hormones using a comprehensive blood and saliva test. After receiving the test results, you are prescribed with the individualized solutions to get your body in equilibrium, this includes a suggested nutrition, supplement and fitness plan that help sustain hormone stability. Once your hormones are balanced and back to normal and the causes of night sweats are removed, the perimenopause and menopause symptoms, not only the night sweats, will stop.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can eliminate night sweats.