Are you in that time of life when sound sleep is disrupted by sudden night sweats? Menopause means hormonal changes, which in turn means that your body’s temperature-regulating system is out of whack. The good news is that you don’t have to grit your teeth and continue to wake up drenched and hot. Here are ways to relieve the discomfort:
Check the thermostat
Your hormones may feel out of control, but you can take charge of your room temperature. Keep it under 68 degrees. You may feel chilly as you crawl into bed, but once you’re there, it’s worth it. A cooler room will keep your body temperature under control all night.
Wear the right pajamas
Those clingy polyesters can be sexy, but they won’t let your skin breathe under the sheets. Neither will fleece or flannel. Try breathable, natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Also, avoid high necklines, snug waistlines, and tight sleeves when you’re out pajama-shopping.
Be careful what you eat and drink
That nightly glass of wine that relaxes you may also be heating you up. Try avoiding alcohol as bedtime approaches. Likewise, even though you love them, you might need to stay away from spicy foods for dinner.
Bring in a bedside fan
It might not quite fit your décor, but it could be well worth it for the long, cool night of sleep you’ll have ahead of you. And the soft whir just may soothe you to sleep, too.
Try a new bedtime routine
Think about things that calm your body. A foot massage? A good stretch? A half hour listening to soft, slow music? Experiment and note what makes you feel relaxed. And make sure you cool off mentally, too: never bring to bed tense conversations, bills to pay, or anything else that makes your blood “boil.”
Invest in a Molecule mattress
Sleep experts agree that our company’s unique Air-Engineered™ technology helps regulate your body temperature overnight. Our design lowers your core body temperature and keeps it there, ensuring that you’ll spend the night in deep, restorative sleep when you need it the most.