Menopause and Night Sweats

dreamstime_m_13766791Waking up during the night and experiencing excessive sweating is not uncommon. If the sleeping quarters are too warm and heavy covers and clothing are used in addition, overheating is easily explained.

But – night-sweats can also be caused by a variety of other conditions such as menopause, infections, medication and fevers.

Menopausal night sweats or hot flashes are due to changes in hormones, ending the female cycles of fertility. It may manifest in the form of feeling flushed or redness of the face, the neck, the ears, the chest, the extremities or all over the body.

Stress can be a factor and hot flashes can be associated with diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Eating hot, spicy foods or consuming alcohol may have a similar effect and sensitivities can develop at any point in a person’s life.