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What Causes Night Sweats

Updated on September 2, 2013

Menopausal Nightsweats Waking You Up

To get the deep healing restorative sleep you need every night, you need some control of how hot you get when you sleep. If you have tried keeping the room cooler but still are waking up from constant heat spikes maybe you need a different approach. One of the first things to do is narrow down why you may be having night sweats.

It does not matter if you sweat more by nature or you are going through menopause. You have little chance of a good nights sleep without some measure of keeping an even body temperature. Even a change of medication could affect your temperature level. With a good nights sleep on a regular basis you heal better and have a better quality of life. A material developed by N.A.S.A. has amazing benefits in helping control temperature swings you are currently having a problem with.

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For a great many older women, the menopause signs and hot flushes are the norm, especially when they awaken in the early hours drenched in perspiration and cannot get comfy. Although it may be tormenting for a great many women, don't forget that it is a very everyday characteristic of the menopause by and large. A great many manifestations do not show actual indications as comes about when women go through hot flashes.

Because of that, it causes this particular characteristic as one of the most primary for women individuals who have had it, and of all the related indications hot flashes are quite probably the most annoying. So, is there any means to handle hot flashes while dispensing treatment, and if so, just how do you go about it? Lets look at the facts a little more closely.

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Most menopausal women would probably prefer to just undergo HRT, taking drastic action towards their menopause and flushes. Estrogen therapy is one of the most impressive therapies for hot flashes available. This can be done but it is not the sole therapy available to menopause sufferers as there are many kinds of intervention available for those who cannot sleep. You could cool your room, although, if you have somebody sleeping in the bed with you, this may be a little more difficult, but you can always get them an extra blanket.

But since many people sleep better in a cool room, plus if it means making the woman relaxed, they'd probably say it was 'a good thing'. At night, turn the thermostat down lower during the summer months and while his wont exactly help the air conditioning out in the summer, it will help out the gas bill in the winter.

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In addition to the obvious solution of reducing the heating, there are also other things you might take that will help reduce the hot flashes. Taking soy everyday has been proven to be a capable treatment with caution, to help make it through each day. This will help turn down your internal temperature, making it feel more tolerable while your endeavoring to get a good nights sleep. There are many things other than soy that you could try, including many different types of herbs. A very common herb, red clover that is employed in the handling of hot flashes and is in reality exploited as a HRT and it is a complementary medicine.

Of all of the menopause symptoms, hot flashes are quite possibly the most annoying and while menopause and hot flashes might seem like slight annoyances to men in a relationship, to the women it is much worse than that. They feel as though they are no longer in control of their own bodies and they really don't know what to do about it. If you're a man, try to be as understanding as possible about what she is going through. If you're a woman, just know that you are not alone and there are treatments available.


If You're Too Hot "Under" The Covers You Will Wake Up

You are not alone in finding yourself waking up at nighttime from being too warm. Of course visiting a Doctor is always best if you ever notice new symptoms and are concerned by them. If you already know why you are warmer at night then next step is controlling the temperature swings that are waking you up. That is where the OUTLAST MATTRESS PAD keeping you cool at night comes in. First lets explore some reasons for running warmer at night.

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Many people complain of sleeping warmer. If you have too many covers on or your dressing to warm sleep that is one issue. But sometimes neither of these are the problem and in the worst-case scenario night sweats are early signs of cancer.

In a higher percentage of cases menopause or Peri-menopause is a more common cause. There is also a condition called Idiopathic Hyperthyroidism in which the body causes excess sweat with no apparent medical reasons.

In other cases an infection may be at the root of the problem. Inflammation of the heart valves tuberculosis, or even within the bones may cause night sweats. AIDS has a night sweat effect as well as abscesses. In any of these situations medical histories will be reviewed by the treating physicians and test run to help determine if the cause is medical. As mentioned earlier night sweats are an early sign of some cancers especially lymphoma.

There are numerous medications that will have night sweats as a side effect. Blood thinners , anti-depressants, medications taken to lower fevers can lead to night sweats. And lets not forget Viagra is a possibility here. No matter what you never get the deep restorative sleep you need if your body temperature is higher because of any of any of these reasons.

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The OUTLAST MATTRESS PAD is a N.A.S.A. developed technology that has the ability to help moderate your body temperature at night time while you sleep. Sleeping cooler is the start of getting better sleep at night and with the micro technology built into the top of the OUTLAST MATTRESS PAD it absorbs your excess body heat and keeps you cooler. Don't worry about getting to cold , the heat it absorbs from you is stored and if your body temperature gets too low the heat is released back to you keeping you warmer.Wonder how that works?

Balancing your body temperature all night long is what the OUTLAST MATTRESS PAD does. Developed for the astronauts to keep their body temperature even while in a space suit it will keep you cooler at night while sleeping.



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If your having problems sleeping, kicking off covers, waking up multiple times a night, this is heat induced insomnia. It may be caused by the medication someone is taking or connected to a life change. Either way about 32% of American adults deal with temperature induced insomnia. It is very important to pay attention to your bedroom temperature. To hot , you wake up. To cold, you wake up. Keeping your bedroom temperature around 68 degree's is idea. Remember to cold even with a lot of blankets will cause you problems in going back to sleep when you do wake up.

Keeping the room to cold even with a lot of blankets will cause insomnia. So a nice even temperature is what is required to sleep better. Even with many blankets this will affect your ability to go back to sleep. If you think about it with a cold room your still under the blankets and the temperature swings are under the blankets not above it.

When you go to sleep your set point for sleep for body temperature -- the temperature your brain is trying to achieve -- goes down, think of it as the internal thermostat." If it's too cold, or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point. A mild drop in temperature induces sleep. If it is to hot or to cold this interrupts your body's ability to maintain its required set point for even sleep.

Everyone's comfortable room temperature is different from person to person. It can range from 65 to 72 degree's. But the comfort of your bodies temperature is important for you to go into REM sleep. Without a balance in your sleeping atmosphere you never get the deep restorative sleep that is required for better health. Experts agree that how comfortable you are will affect how long and deep you sleep.

Experts from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, for instance, advise thinking of a bedroom as a cave: It should cool, quiet, and dark. (Bats follow this logic and are champion sleepers, getting in 16 hours a day.) Be careful that your pillows cause you to be to warm and are part of the problem especially memory foam. And put socks on your feet, as cold feet, in particular, can be very disruptive to sleep.



Outlast technology's phase change materials, incorporated into cloth, interacts with the skin's temperature to offer a buffer against temperature swings. PCMs are materials that will absorb, store and release heat as the material changes from solid to liquid and back to solid.Water changing from solid ( ice ) to liquid is an example of this phenomenon. During each phase change big amounts of heat are absorbed or released.

Micro encapsulation is how you capture minuscule amounts of phase change materials in a shell material so the phase change materials are permanently enclosed and protected. The protecting plastic shell is awfully sturdy and engineered to bear textile production methods employed in fiber, yarn spinning, weaving, knitting, and coating applications.Outlast Technologies micro encapsulated PCMs ( mPCMs ) are called Thermocules. Thermocules can then be applied as a finishing on fabrics or infused into fibers in the producing process.

So with this n.a.s.a. tech, when your hot the mattress pad and pillows take the extra heat away storing it helping your body temperature stay cooler. If you get too cool the heat will be released back to you warming you. When you lay down on an OUTLAST MATTRESS PAD, you will feel a coolness that lets you know you sleep will not be interrupted by the temperature spikes which wake you up causing you to kick off the blankets. Sleep with your temperature held in balance all night long.


Severe Hot Flashes Associated With Chronic Insomnia

As many as 85 percent of menopausal women experience hot flashes, sensations of high temperature that may also mean sweating, according to background information in the article. Hot flashes often take place in the course of the night and have been associated with insomnia, or difficulty sleeping. The symptoms of insomnia include problems falling asleep and/or staying asleep, sleep that is not peaceful and an overall frustration with sleep quantity or quality. Since many other factors also influence sleep in menopausal women, the exact link concerning hot flashes and insomnia has been challenging to determine.

Maurice M. Ohayon, M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif., conducted telephone interviews with 3,243 individuals in California, including 982 women ages 35 to 65 years, between June 2003 and April 2004. Of the women, 562 (57.2 percent) were premenopausal; 219 (22.3 percent) were perimenopausal, meaning that they had irregular menstrual cycles with at least one period in the preceding year; and 201 (20.5 percent) were postmenopausal, or had reported no menstrual bleeding in the prior year. Hot flashes were defined as mild if they usually did not involve sweating, moderate if they mostly involved sweating but did not require a woman to end the endeavor she was pursuing and grave if they typically involved sweating and did require a woman to finish an activity.

About 33 percent of the women reported having hot flashes, including 12.5 percent of the premenopausal women, 79 percent of perimenopausal women and 39.3 percent of postmenopausal women. Of those who had hot flashes, about half reported that they were typically mild, while about one-third had moderate and about 15 percent had acute hot flashes. More than 81 percent of women with regular acute hot flashes had symptoms of chronic sleeplessness. These women reported problems falling fast asleep, non-restful sleep and overall discontent with their sleep patterns on a regular basis (at least three nights a week for at least the preceding six months). Women with mild hot flashes did not report these problems any more repeatedly than did women with no hot flashes. Women were also more likely to suffer problems staying asleep as their hot flashes became more difficult.

The researchers also examined how insomnia related to women's menopausal status and found that women in perimenopause were more likely to have problems falling asleep, non-restful sleep and overall unhappiness with sleep. One-third of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women reported that they assumed insomnia was correlated to the development of menopause.

"This study provides evidence that serious hot flashes are associated with chronic insomnia in women aged 35 to 65 years," the authors write. "The dramatic escalation in insomnia in women with severe hot flashes indicates that severity of hot flashes should be routinely assessed in all studies of menopause.

"Treating hot flashes could increase sleep quality and decrease the deleterious cost of chronic insomnia," they conclude.


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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      NASA for Red Hat Women! It's refreshing to find hot-night relief for women's good sleep!

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      Very interesting, I think too many suffer and do nothing about it

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      lianab11 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Your tips for reducing hot flashes are really helpful. Thank you for adding useful content on this subject!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Really really good info:) Thank God I don't have that problem any more.

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      orthopedic matt 7 years ago

      It can be difficult to get the balance right sometimes. Some great info!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Flew by to sprinkle some angle dust.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You may have a good product here, but I would feel more confident if the text weren't so full of misspellings and misused words. You need a good editor.

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      walkinfreezers 7 years ago

      wow, thanks for the great info. I never knew older women have these problems. I will definitely get one for my mom.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've never tried Outlast mattress pad, but I have Cool Comfort: It is a refreshing mattress pad with a special composition. It works very well on me and I sleep better. Good luck for all of the people who have these problems!

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      Good lens! I have also difficulties to sleep at night!

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      PAVION 8 years ago

      Thank you

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