Hormone Replacement Therapy and Night Sweats in WomenMenopause & Night Sweats
What are Night Sweats?
In addition to hot flashes, many menopausal women experience night sweats. You wake up in the middle of the night cold and clammy, sheets drenched in sweat. It’s hard to calm down and get comfortable again to a good night’s sleep. So why do women in menopause have night sweats, and, more importantly, is there anything that can be done about them?
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. 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. The sleep cycle becomes greatly disturbed due to the discomfort. Night sweats may be related to a number of adverse health conditions such as hormone imbalances, certain medications, chronic illness, or age-related conditions, such as andropause and menopause.
What Causes Night Sweats?
Night sweats in women are another one of the most recognizable symptoms of menopause and hormone imbalance.
Hot flashes and night sweats are caused by a complex interaction that involves fluctuating estrogen levels, the hypothalamus, norepinephrine and the body’s blood vessels and sweat glands. 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. This results in waking up drenched and chilly with an anxious feeling and a racing heart.
There is Help!
There is a fast and easy resolution to unpleasant and irritating night sweats. Natural hormone therapy is an ideal solution that takes care of the problem at its root cause, rather than just masking the symptoms. Fit MD bioidentical hormone therapy begins by measuring the existing levels of your hormones using a comprehensive blood test. After receiving the test results, you are prescribed with individualized solutions to get your body back in balance and maintaining ideal hormone levels. Once your hormones are balanced and back to normal and the causes of night sweats are removed, most if not all of your perimenopause and menopause symptoms will stop.
Contact the Fit MD nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can eliminate night sweats.