Hot flashes which happen at night that often cause waking to throw off the covers. These are called night sweats especially when there is full blown sweating which can soak pj’s and bed sheets. When estrogen levels drop, the thermostat gets more sensitive to even one degree of warming-caused by being touched under blankets, having a bed partner roll closer, or the dog or cat snuggling close. There are many treatment options including lifestyle choices, behavior therapy, and medications. Sleep is the basis of healthy aging, and treating night sweets can improve sleep.
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