How to Handle Postpartum Night Sweats
The postpartum period is full of changes... and one of the most surprising may just be the increased perspiration.
Many new moms describe feeling suddenly soaked — as if they'd gone for a jog in the hot sun, even though they're sitting still. And often, the most intense bouts of perspiration happen at night.
Postpartum night sweats are a common occurrence, affecting about 29 percent of women after pregnancy. Many new moms report waking up several times each night feeling drenched and cold, with their clothes and bed linens soaked.
Fortunately, there are ways to relieve the discomfort of postpartum night sweating. Read on to learn how to deal with night sweats after having a baby.
Why Do New Moms Experience Night Sweats?
Like so many other bodily changes during and after pregnancy, blame those night sweats on hormones.
When you're pregnant, levels of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen increase. After you give birth, hormone levels drop quickly. When these hormone levels change, your body temperature fluctuates, leading to increased sweating. Lowered levels of estrogen mimic what takes place during menopause. This may include symptoms such as hot flashes and — you guessed it — increased perspiration and night sweats.
If you're breastfeeding, you may experience a double hormone whammy. Breastfeeding both lowers estrogen levels and increases levels of prolactin, a hormone that inhibits estrogen.
Along with all those hormonal shifts, your body is also working hard to eliminate extra fluids (up to 40 percent more blood and other fluids) needed to sustain the fetus while you were pregnant. While your kidneys do much of the work, a lot of this extra water comes through your pores. This leads to increased perspiration.
New motherhood can also be a time of increased stress. These emotional ups and downs may make you feel as if you're sweating more than normal, as well.
Waking up tangled in wet, sweaty pajamas and drenched, cold sheets is unpleasant enough. But many women who've recently given birth discover that their sleep is disturbed several times per night!
Unfortunately, postpartum night sweating comes at a time when new moms really need every hour of sleep they can get. But there are steps you can take to help solve the problem and improve your sleep.
Postpartum Night Sweating Solutions
If you're experiencing night sweats after having a baby, you're definitely not alone. It's a common issue for almost a third of women who've recently given birth.
But when your little one is waking you up every few hours, the last thing you need is to be woken by night sweats, too. Luckily, there's a simple solution to help you sleep comfortably at a time in your life when you need it most: PeachSkinSheets.
This innovative bedding uses 21st-century SMART fabric — a.k.a. the latest in textile technology — to regulate your temperature. That means warm sleepers stay cool, thanks to light and airy polyfiber that wicks away moisture.
It's a direct contrast to cotton, flannel, and other textiles that absorb sweat, then hold it next to your body. That's why you wake from night sweats feeling so cold.
PeachSkinSheets, on the other hand, wick that moisture away from your skin using athletic grade performance polyfiber technology. This helps regulate your temperature, so you don't wake to drenched, tangled bed linens and pajamas.
Plus, PeachSkinSheets are designed to be lightweight and airy. This helps you maintain a comfortable body temperature through the night.
And speaking of comfort, they're so cozy, with a brushed 1500 thread count level of softness for the ultimate sleep experience.
What to Do About Postpartum Sweating
There are steps you can take to relieve the discomfort of postpartum night sweats. Start by ensuring that you're drinking plenty of fluids.
While it may sound counterintuitive, all the perspiring your body is doing can lead to dehydration. Drink enough water to stay hydrated, and be sure to grab a glass of cool H20 after waking from a night sweat episode.
When you're choosing your outfit, reach for loose-fitting, lightweight clothes. Rather than heavy, synthetic clothing, choose light, breathable layers in fabrics such as silk, cotton, or linen. That way, you can easily add and subtract a layer (or two) when your body temperature fluctuates.
Certain foods or drinks may trigger "hot flashes" and sweating. You may want to avoid these in the postpartum period and while breastfeeding:
- Spicy foods
- Hot beverages
At night, open a window to create a cross-breeze through your room, or use a fan. If the rest of your household can stand it, you may want to turn on the air conditioning.
By far, though, the easiest solution to night sweats after having a child is PeachSkinSheets. Not only will these soft, cozy sheets wick away moisture, but they'll also help regulate your body temperature to reduce the discomfort of night sweats.
As a plus for your sleeping partner, they'll keep warm sleepers cool and cool sleepers warm, so choosing these sheets to reduce night sweats won't affect them (like running the A/C).
A combination of changing hormones and fluid loss after pregnancy combine to make night sweats an uncomfortable post-birth experience for many new moms... and when you're adjusting to life with a newborn, the last thing any mom needs is to lose more sleep due to night sweats.
Fortunately, PeachSkinSheets makes it easy to get a comfortable, dry sleep, despite postpartum hormone changes.
Moisture-wicking technology keeps sweat away from your skin and clothing, so you don't have to wake up wrapped in cold, wet bed clothing. High-tech polyfiber keeps you dry, while our brushed fabric lets you snuggle into cozy, luxurious softness.
If you’re a new mom or know someone who is, you’ve come to the right place. Try ultra-soft, moisture wicking PeachSkinSheets for the cooler, drier, more comfortable night’s sleep that every new mom deserves.