Night sweats are a sign of pre-menopausal period indicating one is nearing menopause. Night Sweats are also termed as “sleep hyperhidrosis” where the person experiences intense heat, increased perspiration, irregular heartbeat, nausea, flushing, chills, and headache and hot flashes (noticeable redness in the face and upper body) at times and above all difficulty sleeping.
However, Menopause is not a one-night affair. It is accompanied by Perimenopause, Premenopause, and Postmenopause.
With the change of climate and Global Warming and what so ever our increasing demands leading to psychological distress has led to many women in their early 30’s and even in late 20’s experience Night Sweats and the possible reason may be Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Perimenopause at too an early age.
Speaking of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), it is a condition where a woman’s emotion, physical health, and behavior get affected a few days (5 to 10 days) before period and the problems get resolved in the onset of menses. Clinicians report at least 75% of women to experience PMS in some form.
Perimenopause is the transition phase leading to menopause. Many women experience symptoms while some don’t. If you wake up at night due to heavy sweat and erratic periods with heavy bleeding, there is a probability you are heading closer to the destination Menopause following the pathway of ‘Peri‘, Greek for “around or near” Menopause.
Its average duration is three to four years followed by NIGHT SWEATS and other symptoms as menstrual irregularity, cholesterol problems, difficulty in carrying out sexual activity, anger outbursts and tiredness due to lack of sleep. Perimenopause ends when a woman has not menstruated for a year.
Causes Night Sweats Before Period
Before the monthly Period due to drop of levels of the hormone Progesterone and a fluctuating rise of the level of hormone Oestrogen women can develop night sweats which are main sex hormones of females.
Excessive night sweats can cause drenching of bed sheets and pillow covers and soaked clothes followed by irritability and emotional disturbance and an awful night. Also, the body temperature varies during Periods and can give one an additional feeling of discomfort.
Articles may say “IT IS JUST FINE, IT’S A PHASE, NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT” but to improve our Quality of Life we must not worry about it but be Concerned about such issues seeming too trivial in our busy state of affairs.
Here, many of you might be wondering that is night sweat an early sign of pregnancy too. A positive outlook is to be carried along and you should perform related yoga asanas.
How To Deal Night Sweats Before Your Periods?
1. Have A Positive Outlook
Begin the day with Yoga (Sanskrit word Yuj, meaning the union of the individual with the own spirit). It is a form of Science where with certain asanas practised on a regular basis one can reduce stress and improve the physical functioning of the body.
You can practice the simple Pranayama and move to Sirsasana (headstand) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose).
2. Think Positive
The way we think and interpret events also changes our outlook towards life and ourselves. When in crisis the best way is to be assertive and think that there is always a silver lining behind dark clouds. This can be done by TALKING about the problems with loved ones and finally having a reunion again with one’s Consciousness.
3. Dietary Plans
If it is about bringing a change then why not in our eating habits as well. A healthy balanced diet contains vegetables, proteins with Vitamin K, C and lots of liquid such as water and fresh juices so as to ensure proper regulation of hormones and fewer night sweats. Reduce intake of Caffeine, Coke, Alcohol and other junk food.
4. Herbal Medicines
can be used and applied after consulting with a nearby Doctor but for not for a long term plan.
Before sleep do take a shower in Luke warm water and Wear clean loose fitting and comfortable clothes. Make sure the bed is clean and the aura you create is soothing at your home.
Meditating before sleep for 5 minutes. This can help create an aura of peace and a carefree mind.
You can also try herbal remedies to reduce the excessive sweating. These will give your body a cooling effect and prevents sweat glands from producing more sweat.