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Menstrual Night Sweats: What does it mean?


A close up of a woman's face with beads of sweat
Night sweats during your period is a common phenomenon

If you've ever woken up in a clammy embrace of your sheets during your period, you're not alone. It's estimated that anywhere from 30% to 60% of menstruating people experience night sweats at some point during their menstrual cycle. Even so, it can still take us by surprise. As though cramps, cravings, and mood swings aren’t enough! Let's unravel the mystery of night sweats during menstruation and shed light on what might be causing this nocturnal disruption.


The Hormonal Hot Seat 


At the heart of the menstrual cycle lies an interplay of hormones, with estrogen and progesterone taking center stage. Over about 28 days, these hormones dance, directing ovulation and your period. When these levels shift, your body's temperature control can glitch, resulting in those surprising midnight sweats.


Temperature Tumult


During the luteal phase, which kicks in post-ovulation, some women experience a subtle uptick in body temperature. This rise, while slight, can tip the scales towards night sweats as the body grapples with maintaining its equilibrium. Imagine it as a silent battle within, where the body's cooling mechanisms are temporarily outpaced by the internal heat generated by hormonal shifts.


Other Symptoms


While night sweats can play a solo act, they often come accompanied by a mix of menstrual symptoms. From cramps that twist and turn to bloat that feels like an inflated balloon, these discomforts can disrupt the tranquility of a good night's sleep. As the body wrestles with these sensations, the thermostat may go haywire, leaving you drenched in the aftermath.


The Stress Factor


When you're stressed out, it can mess with your hormones, especially during your period. This can make night sweats worse because your body's balance gets thrown off. Stress really affects how your mind and body work together, and it can even make you sweat more at night, even when you're sleeping.


When Something More Might Be Going On


While night sweats are often nothing more than your hormones and period doing their thing. However, there are instances where night sweats, along with other symptoms might signal something more is going on:


If these episodes are persistent or accompanied by other concerning signs, it's important to discuss them with your healthcare provider.


Navigating the Night


Night sweats may seem like an unwelcome guest at the slumber party. However, there are strategies to help navigate these nocturnal disruptions:

  • Opt for breathable sleepwear: Cotton pajamas (and sheets) do not trap air like synthetic materials so your skin can breathe.

  • Choose breathable and organic period care: joni pads have a breathable plant-based protective layer and are made with organic bamboo, for extra absorbent and soft comfort.

  • Keep the bedroom cool: Crack a window!

  • Practice relaxation techniques before bedtime: Yoga, meditation, or reading a calm book can prepare you for a good night's sleep. 

  • Stay hydrated during the day: If you are sweating at night, you need to replenish your fluids. Doing so will reduce fatigue and dizziness during the day. But be sure not to drink too much before bed or you’ll be getting up all night to use the bathroom.

  • Lead a balanced lifestyle: You know the drill—try to reduce stress, get plenty of exercise and fresh air, and eat your veggies.



Night sweats during menstruation may be puzzling at best and frustrating at worst, but you can rest assured knowing that they are most often a natural menstrual cycle occurrence. As with any matter concerning your body, however, it’s important to reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns whatsoever. As you drift off into the realm of dreams tonight, may your slumber be undisturbed by the clammy embrace of night sweats, and awaken refreshed, ready to embrace the new day.




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