Hot flashes and night sweats are a very common side effect of the perimenopause and menopause and women can suffer from them periodically for anywhere between 5 and 10 years. Many women will try to discover how to stop night sweats as they can be a very disturbing problem, causing sleep disturbances. Many women find that they are absolutely drenched with sweat during the night and their bedding and nightclothes frequently need changing.
If you would like to know how to stop night sweats, there are various self-help measures you can take. It is generally recommended that you take action if the night sweats are happening more than a couple of times a week. The hormones estrogen and progesterone both help regulate the body against night sweats. When they are lacking in the body, the blood vessels will dilate randomly causing rapid increases in the skin temperature causing excessive sweating. Although they do not last very long, the body loses a significant amount of water through sweating which is why the bed sheets and nightclothes are often drenched.
* Sleep on cotton sheets-keep spares near the bed should you need to change them during the night
* Keep the bedroom temperature fairly low
* Wear lightweight cotton nightclothes or none at all
* Avoid drinking tea and coffee late at night
* Eat foods rich in phyto-estrogens, such as soya or tofu
* Eat foods rich in vitamin B6-these often include wheat based products and cereals
* Eat foods rich in vitamin E, such as sweet potato, almonds and avocado
* Avoid hot spicy foods
* Take supplements of Evening Primose
* Eat foods rich in magnesium and calcium