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Hot flushes and night sweats in women

What are night sweats?

People who suffer from night sweats often wake up to find themselves and their bedclothes wet with sweat. Night sweats are very common in men (Night Sweats in Men: The Cause and Solution) and women, and are often a result of simply being too warm at night. It might be the case that your duvet is too heavy, your pillows are not breathable or that your bedroom is too warm. Read our recommendations for bedding that will prevent night sweats.

However, the most likely cause of night sweats in women is the menopause. Women will experience the menopause at around 50 years old and the resulting reduction in oestrogen production can cause hot flushes in the day and sweat at night, as well as a number of emotional symptoms.

What are hot flushes or hot flashes?

Hot flushes, also known as hot flashes, are a common symptom of menopause and can occur during the day or at night, making you feel suddenly very hot, causing discomfort, blushing and sweating. The severity of hot flushes will vary from woman to woman and can be experienced years after the start of menopause.

How do I prevent hot flushes and night sweats?

Sometimes hot flushes occur without warning and cannot be avoided, but the best-known triggers of hot flushes are thick jumpers, alcohol, coffee, spicy food and stress.

It’s recommended that you keep yourself cool with light clothing and bedclothes, take lukewarm showers and baths, and cut down on caffeinated drinks and alcohol. You can find out more about cooling products that help you sleep during hot flushes here.

What causes hot flushes and night sweats in women?

If you’re having hot flushes or night sweats and are not going through the menopause, other factors could be causing you to sweat, including:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet and fitness
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Side effects of medication

When to visit your GP

Nights sweats and hot flushes are normally a harmless side effect of the menopause, but they can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. If, in addition to night sweats and hot flushes, you’ve also been feeling weak, fatigued or have experienced weight loss, then make an appointment with your doctor.

To find out more about night sweats and what bedding will help keep you cool, read “what are night sweats and how do I combat them?”

Velfont Yeti Cooling Duvet

Velfont Yeti Cooling Duvet

The Yeti temperature-regulating duvet from Velfont is ideal for people who suffer from temperature and humidity changes during the night. What makes this duvet even better is that thanks to its weight and production technology it can be used all year round, replacing the need to change your duvet tog with every season and also cutting down on the storage space needed for several duvets. This cooling duvet is designed with an Outlast® cotton cover on one side to help towards a well-regulated sleeping climate throughout the night, without feeling too hot or too cold. Outlast® was originally developed for NASA to balance temperature changes. This material is designed to absorb, store and release heat that the body emits during the different stages of sleep. If you want a cosier feel for the cooler months simply flip your duvet over and sleep with the cotton side next to you. With a soft and lightweight Neotherm® filling, this lofty duvet is easy to care for and suitable for machine washing.

  • Suitable for all seasons and for year round use.
  • Front: 100% cooling Outlast® cotton. Reverse: 100% cotton
  • Temperature Regulating
  • Filling Composition: 100% Neotherm® polyester
  • 250gsm
  • Washable up to 40°C in a large capacity machine. Tumble dry at a low temperature. Do not iron

 

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Velfont Igloo Cooling Mattress Protector

Velfont Igloo Cooling Mattress Protector

This Velfont temperature-regulating Quilted Mattress Protector provides a constant microclimate for your sleeping environment, not too hot, not too cold. This cooling mattress protector is ideal for people who experience fluctuations in temperature at night. The thermo-regulating Outlast® fabric acts as a buffer from changes in temperature and humidity during the night that affect sleep, creating a constant microclimate throughout the night. Helping to maintain a constant temperature, this mattress protector does all the work while you enjoy a peaceful sleep, letting you wake up feeling and looking more refreshed. The thermo-regulation of this 100% cotton quilted mattress protector also helps to reduce body perspiration as air circulates inside the filling thereby eliminating moisture that can accumulate and ensuring effective breathability. A fully elasticated skirt prevents this cooling quilted mattress protector from moving while you sleep.

  • 100% cotton blended with thermo-regulating Outlast® fabric
  • 100% cotton filling
  • For mattress depths up to 35cm and lengths up to 200cm
  • Fully elasticated skirt
  • Machine Washable at 40°C
  • Suitable for tumble drying on low
  • Ideal to be used with memory foam mattresses and pillows
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Velfont Yeti Cooling Pillow

Velfont Yeti Cooling Pillow

This thermo regulating pillow from Velfont helps to keep your spine aligned for a comfortable and undisturbed night's sleep and would suit those who sleep on their back or side.

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