It’s time to end the taboo and talk about something that all women go through as they get older: perimenopause. It’s an often difficult and uncomfortable time both physically and emotionally for women, that should be discussed more openly. And it’s also totally natural.
As a bedding company, we’re particularly interested in sleep, and ladies, we’re sorry to say that sleep health is majorly impacted during perimenopause. If you’re having a consistently tough time with sleep and wondering “Why am I sweating at night while sleeping?”, it could mean a number of things, but if you’re within a certain age range, it could be the start of perimenopause.
As with any changes to sleep patterns, it’s best to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor and discuss what options and therapeutics are available to you. While Kitelinens cannot make your hot flashes go away, our breezy sheets can help you get some cooling relief so you feel a little less sweaty in bed at night. Keep reading to learn more about perimenopause night sweats and how Kitelinens can help.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the natural transitional time around menopause. For some women, perimenopause can begin as early as their 30s, but most women begin to experience it in their early 40s. Perimenopause is marked by changes in menstrual flow and in the length of the cycle, and other physical and emotional symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeping problems, vaginal dryness and mood swings.
If you’re wondering how long this hormonal turmoil will last, the bad news is that perimenopause can last 2 to 10 years! On average, women report perimenopause symptoms lasting 3-4 years. The good news is, there are ways to help reduce symptoms and make this time a little more manageable.
Symptoms of perimenopause
The timing and severity of perimenopause symptoms can be impacted by lifestyle choices and underlying health conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, menopause begins one to two years earlier in women who smoke versus women who don’t. A family history of early menopause can also affect how early you enter this stage (certain cancer treatments and hysterectomies can trigger early menopause as well).
Though severity and number of symptoms vary widely among women, you can expect to experience some or all of these to some degree as you go through perimenopause:
- Decreasing fertility Irregular periods Mood swings - irritability and increased risk of depression
- Sleep problems - especially night sweats and hot flashes
- Loss of bone and increased risk of osteoporosis
- Vaginal dryness and changes in sexual function
- Bladder issues
- Changing cholesterol levels
What many women don’t know about this often taboo topic is that there actually are two stages to perimenopause sometimes referred to as “early transition” and “late transition.” Generally, cycles can be regular during the early transition, with only sporadic interruptions. As you enter the late transition period, the interruptions extend for longer periods of time.
So, what exactly happens inside your body to cause these problems? The changes many women feel during this time are a result of this gradual decline of estrogen in the body. Estrogen and progestin levels rise and fall throughout perimenopause, causing menstrual cycles to lengthen or shorten. There may be cycles in which you skip ovulation entirely because your ovaries don’t release an egg.
Perimenopause night sweats
Sleep problems during perimenopause are often due to hot flashes or night sweats, but sometimes sleep becomes unpredictable even without them. If you’re experiencing disruptive symptoms of perimenopause like night sweats, first, talk with your doctor about your options. Hot flashes are common, but intensity, length and frequency vary widely among women. Luckily, there are also some environmental and lifestyle changes you can make to help you sleep cooler while you’re going through peri menopausal night sweats and hot flashes. Kitelinens — sheets designed to keep you cool at night—are here to help!
How Kitelinens help peri menopause night sweats
Need something to help you sleep cooler? Kitelinens have you covered. Our breezy sheets are designed to help you stay cool during hot flashes and night sweats. More breathability, less waking up hot and sweaty in bed.
Because of Kitelinens’ hybrid design, our sheets that keep you cool are excellent for when you’re experiencing night sweats and hot flashes because they allow you to easily kick one (or both!) legs out from under the sheet. Dual side slits in our sheets help prevent trapped body heat from making it too hot in bed. Just kick one or both feet out for instant cooling relief without making a mess of your sheets.
At the foot of the bed, our sheets’ extra long length and deep pocket design prevents trapped toes giving you the freedom to move around and adjust to a cooler sleeping position. No feeling constricted, and no trapped heat in the bed! That means when you sleep with our sheets, you sleep cool and get better rest during peri menopause.
In addition to the unique hybrid design, Kitelinens will help you get cool sleep during perimenopause thanks to the material used to make them: high-quality, ethically-sourced cotton sateen. Cool cotton sateen is a breathable and lightweight fabric that’s one of the best materials to keep you cool at night while you sleep.
Other ways to sleep cooler during perimenopause night sweats
In addition to using Kitelinens cooling sheets, there are a number of things you can do to create a cooler sleep environment, such as:
- Make sure your bedroom is a cool, cave-like environment. As per the Sleep Foundation, doctors recommend keeping the thermostat set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius) for the best temperature.
- Take a cold shower before bed Wear breathable, cotton sleepwear.
- Avoid heat-trapping bedding like wool and flannel
- Avoid heat-absorbing mattresses and pillow materials like memory foam Sleep by a window or fan