Night sweats in perimenopause and menopause

Night Sweats: Why Do They Happen?

Embarking on the menopausal journey can be like navigating uncharted waters, with night sweats often emerging as one of the more common companions. Unlike daytime hot flushes, night sweats add a nocturnal twist to menopausal symptoms These repeated episodes of intense sweating during sleep can leave you drenched, bewildered, and in search of answers. 

Understanding what they are, their causes, and how best to navigate through them is crucial for reclaiming a restful night's sleep.

What are night sweats?

Night sweats, also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, are intense sweating episodes that go beyond the occasional dampness; they often soak through sleepwear and bedding, leaving you waking cold and clammy. While similar to hot flushes, night sweats distinguish themselves by occurring during sleep, creating a unique set of challenges for those in the throes of perimenopause and menopause.

How common are night sweats?

If you're experiencing this symptom, you're not alone. Studies have shown that a significant number of women, upwards of 75%, experience night sweats during the menopausal transition. And it's not just disturbed sleep; the impact of night sweats and broken sleep extends beyond the bedroom, affecting daily life, work, and your overall well-being.

What causes night sweats in perimenopause and menopause?

The primary culprit behind night sweats is the hormonal fluctuation, particularly the decline in estrogen levels. As the body grapples with hormonal fluctuations, its internal thermostat becomes erratic, leading to sudden overheating and intense bouts of sweating. Other factors, such as stress, anxiety, certain foods, and medications, can exacerbate this symptom, turning sleep into an elusive pursuit.

What are the treatment options for menopausal night sweats?

1. Lifestyle Adjustments

Simple changes can make a big difference. Create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping the bedroom cool, staying well-hydrated, and practicing relaxation techniques before bedtime. Avoid triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and smoking, and ensure your nightwear and bedding are made from lighter natural cotton materials.

2. Holistic Supplements

Consider incorporating natural supplements designed specifically for menopausal support, such as those from The Menopause Co. range. Key ingredients in our Foundation supplement such as Astragalus and Black Cohosh help regulate hormones and ease hot flushes and night sweats, while Magnesium Glycinate and Hops found in our Sleep formula will regulate your sleep pattern and helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

3. Seeking Professional Guidance

If night sweats and constant broken sleep are affecting your daily life, especially if they are causing prolonged low mood, speak with your doctor or menopause specialist to rule out other health concerns and explore the range of prescribed medications available, weigh up the benefits and risks, and decide if this is the right treatment plan for you.


Night sweats are a common challenge, but with a deeper understanding of what causes them along with the right treatment options and lifestyle adjustments, you can minimise their impact on your sleep and overall well-being.




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