How to manage night sweats
Have you ever woken up in a puddle of sweat? We all know getting a good night’s sleep is essential for brain function and feeling on top of things, but if you experience hot flushes and night sweats it can severely dehydrate you and take a toll on your energy levels and mood the next day.
Tara Lock is the founder of Chilly Towel and a proud cancer survivor. As a result of the chemotherapy treatment for her cancer she knows all too well the experience of intense heat and heavy sweating through the night. Not letting the opportunity pass her by, she researched the best ways to reduce the impact of her sweaty evenings and ended up developing her own line of cooling towels.
Night sweats are your body’s natural reaction to hormonal changes and can happen any time in your life while you catch some zz’s but there are a few things you can do to prevent or manage your smokin hawt bod.
There are some common things that are known to trigger night sweats. These include smoking, wearing tight and restrictive clothing, drinking alcohol and caffeine, eating spicy foods and stress.
Change your diet
Adding natural foods and supplements to your diet can help reduce night sweats. Eating flax seeds or flaxseed supplements can sometimes reduce hot flashes. Vitamin B and magnesium are important for keeping your body healthy during this time, and can get depleted because of profuse sweating. Taking a multivitamin can ensure you’re giving your body the essentials it needs.
Every day habits can help prevent and reduce night sweats. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and avoid wearing restrictive or tight clothing during the day and particularly while you’re sleeping.
Here’s some simple steps you can take to establish a night routine to ensure you’re doing everything you can to get a good night’s rest:
- Dress in layers so you can remove and add them according to your body temperature
- Turn your pillow over often
- Use a bedside fan
- Sip cool water before you sleep (your body loses water from night sweats so keep hydrated!)
- Practice slowing and deepening your breath before sleeping to help your body relax
- Try putting a cooling towel, like Chilly Towel on your pillow or below your body to extract moisture away from your body to regulate your temperature while you sleep.