The potential symptoms of
menopause can leave some women feeling tired, irritated and just plain worn
out. When one of those symptoms happens to be night sweats, it can be
particularly troublesome. When sleep is disrupted repeatedly, few people can
function normally. When that disruption happens to be waking up drenched and
cold, it can be particularly disturbing. When night sweats occur around
menopause, this phase of life can be to blame. Other sources, however,
should also be considered. Sometimes it's something as simple as
medications. Zoloft and night sweats, for example, are not at all uncommon.
Night sweats are not considered a sleep disorder, per say, but they can get
in the way of enjoying a good night's sleep. When they occur frequently, it
is generally recommended that exploration for a cause and a potential cure
take place. Night sweats can be caused by a number of different things.
- Menopause. The hormonal changes that go along with this change of life can
bring on hot flashes. When they present during slumber, night sweats tend to
result. These can range from mild to change-the-sheets severe.
- Medications. Many medications are known to cause night sweats. Zoloft and
night sweats, for example, is a rather well-known combination.
- Lifestyle. Some food choices, alcohol and even smoking can be the real root
cause of night sweats. It is often recommended that women who suffer from
severe night sweats take a close look at lifestyle. Making some of the
suggested alterations to daily routine can also help with the prevention of
a whole host of other conditions.
- Diseases. Certain illnesses such as tuberculosis and HIV can cause night
sweats. The course of action if these are the real cause will vary.
Although Zoloft and night sweats do go together in many patients, this
medication is one that should be carefully weighed before it is
discontinued. Zoloft is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitor class. It is prescribed for some pretty serious
conditions, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic
disorders and more. The medication can take a stretch of time to become
effective and its immediate stoppage isn't always suggested.
If Zoloft and night sweats seem to be going together, patients are urged to
contact their physicians before taking measures. While it is quite possible
Zoloft is the blame for night sweats, it's worth looking at some of the
other alternatives. Night sweats caused by most other things can be dealt
with through other measures in many cases.
People who suffer from night
sweats can try these things to help:
- Reduce temperature in the bedroom. Dropping the thermostat even a little bit
can often go a long way in helping prevent night sweats.
- Remove heavy blankets. Keeping heavy blankets on at night only promotes
night sweats. If these are a problem, make sure bedding is light and cool.
- Watch diet. If night sweats are an issue, consider avoiding hot or spicy
foods before bedtime. This includes hot drinks, as well. Alcohol and
caffeine, too, can be problems.
- Quit smoking. This isn't the easiest of options, but it can be very useful
in helping avoid night sweats and a bevy of other issues.
- Exercise. It might sound odd, but the truth is a regular exercise routine
can really help in preventing night sweats. It can also promote better
health and might even help with other sleep-related issues if they are
If night sweats are a problem over an extended period of time, they can get
in the way of normal function. Finding the root cause and trying to
compensate or make changes can be very useful. If Zoloft and night sweats
seem to be the problem, the best course of action in most cases is to seek
medical advice. Stopping the medication without physician supervision is not
always the wisest choice.
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