Nothing about night sweats are fun. Nobody wants their sleep disturbed and certainly not when it isn’t in your control!
Night sweats are a completely natural symptom of pre-menopausal and menopausal women and around 75% of women have reported experiencing them, they can have a huge impact on your life and can leave you feeling both uncomfortable whilst trying to sleep. Luckily though, there is one secret vitamin that might be the secret to helping you keep them under control.
WHAT CAUSES A NIGHT SWEAT?
A night sweat is a severe hot flush occurring at night that can drench your clothes and sheets and that are not related to an overheated environment. Most hot flushes during the menopause are caused by hormone imbalances affecting your body’s ability to control its temperature. Having low oestrogen levels lowers levels of another hormone called norepinephrine which helps your body to regulate its own temperature and it is this hormone which is usually responsible for sparking a hot flush.
HOW CAN YOU STOP NIGHT SWEATS?
Many of our clients come to us with similar issues regarding the menopause and how it affects their body. Often, people who are just about to go through the menopause find it much harder to lose weight, and sometimes they may feel like they're never going to be able to get back to where they felt comfortable at a weight that they felt good at. However this is not true, instead, it is all about creating a sustainable plan of exercise, healthy eating and finding what works for you.
By dealing with each issue one at a time, you can begin to see the progress that you are looking for once again. When it comes to night sweats, vitamin E can be an incredibly handy supplement and has been shown to be very effective for reducing, even stopping night sweats. Vitamin E contains two very important tocopherols, gamma-tocopherol and alpha-tocopherol.
You can buy vitamin E at most pharmacies, or health food shops. However, in order for it to prove effective, it has to contain both gamma-tocopherol and alpha-tocopherol, this can make it a little more expensive than your average supplement, however for the results it is certainly worth it!
CUT THE CAFFEINE!
Also, always opt for decaf! Caffeine is a stimulant that interferes with your nervous system. With so many hormonal changes already happening, when you drink coffee or any caffeine product, your nervous system is sent into complete overdrive and can result in night sweats, headaches and heart palpitations which we are trying to avoid whilst your body tries to adapt. The same also applies to alcohol and nicotine products.