Chemotherapy often causes early menopause for women, no matter their age. I know for myself, I went into early menopause. One day I was fine, the next day I felt this overwhelming heat wave while in a store shopping. Couldn’t believe the heat!
That created quite a lifestyle change. Gone were turtleneck sweaters, pullovers, wool, etc. Anything that I felt would create heat and/or I couldn’t get out of quickly when I got a hot flash. Cardigans became my friend. Easy to get on and off in a hurry. Cotton and wicking clothing are also options, although at the time of my treatment (late 1990), they weren’t readily available outside of sportswear.
Interestingly, the hot flashes became a bonus when standing around outdoors in inclement and/or cold weather for my son’s sports games. I was warm – others were cold. However, when the hot flash ran its course, the clammy feeling set in and I was chilled . . . but not for long.
Night sweats are the evening equivalent of hot flashes, so nowadays you can get lovely wicking pajamas. Cotton flannel – not the most attractive – work, but now always what you want to wear. We need to thank the sports industry for the fabric as wicking materials have been used to help athletes for some time now.
A good night’s sleep can be hard to get when you wake up frequently with night sweats from hot flashes and then succumb to the cold clammy feeling afterwards. Then to add insult to injury, often it requires not only changing pajamas but also the sheets and pillowcases depending on the severity.
This is the scenario most women going through cancer treatment, namely chemotherapy, face as they are often thrown into early menopause. When sleep is a key ingredient for allowing the body to heal, finding a workable solution to the effects of hot flashes becomes imperative.
Wicking pajamas as well as wicking sheets and pillowcases are a great option. The fabric will wick away the sweat keeping you reasonably dry so you can continue on with your sleep. Borrowing the fabric technology from the fitness and sports industry, applying the wicking capacity in garments for cancer patients provides a wonderful solution to the nuisance and unpleasantness of hot flashes.
Going through cancer treatment – surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – is a challenge in and of itself. What is often not known upfront are some of the side effects that accompany these treatments. Preparing ahead of time can help you create coping strategies and reduce the stress.
1. Lymphedema – this can happen after node dissection – either upper body or lower body. Once lymph nodes are removed, the lymph transit system is impaired causing a backlog of fluid which creates uncomfortable swelling. Taking precautions to reduce your risk of getting lymphedema are critical as there is no cure – only management.
2. Early Menopause – this can be triggered by chemotherapy. For some, regular periods come back, but for most, they do not. Since hormone replacement therapy is not advised for breast cancer patients, finding suitable herbal solutions can help. Also, look for wicking clothing – wicking nightwear and daywear – to alleviate some of the discomfort of sweating with the accompanying chill afterwards.
3. Fatigue – exercise is the antidote. As strange as it may sound, exercising will help you increase oxygen uptake, increase blood flow, reduce your risk of lymphedema and elevate self-esteem. Something as simple as a brisk walk. Or, join an exercise class with a group that understands your cancer needs – Healthy-Steps. Find a buddy to join you, especially for the days you don’t feel like getting out there.
You will get through this time much easier with some thought to coping with cancer ahead of time.
With chemotherapy comes menopause whether you are near that age or not. And, along with menopause, come hot flashes and night sweats. Very uncomfortable.
There are wonderful fabrics out there now that wick away sweat so you don’t have that clammy feeling after the hot flash. The sportswear industry picked them up first, but with the advent of so many women going through menopause, wicking fabrics are used for lovely nightwear.
Although the wicking fabric works well for your nightwear, having sheets and pillowcases that also wick sweat gives one an added level of comfort. Then consider not only sheets, but also pillowcases, mattress pads and blankets.
Whatever promotes a good night’s sleep is worth it’s weight in gold. Sleep is an important aspect of healing. Being awakened many times in the night with hot flashes disturbs sleep and impairs the body’s ability to heal.
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Cancer treatment often puts women especially, into menopause. With menopause comes hot flashes. They are very uncomfortable because you sweat and then feel clammy afterwards as the sweat stays on your body.
These hot flashes are often associated with night sweats as they often occur at night when you’re trying to get a good nights sleep. Hence the advent of wicking pajamas that will actually wick the sweat away from your body leaving you comfortable at night. This will help you get a better sleep which is so needed for healing when you are going through treatment.
So, give them a try. Happy sleeping.
For a number of us, being hot and humid is a year round affair caused by not only the weather, but by menopause and/or side effects of cancer therapies. Whatever your cause, it is always good know how to take advantage of special deals on wicking clothing and stock up.
Wicking clothing is evident in the sportswear industry and savvy women have understood the need for this type of material for basic living needs – i.e. wicking pajamas, dressier tops, pillowcases. For sure they make a huge difference in comfort. No longer do you have to wake up to sticky and clammy. The fabric in these garments will wick the sweat away from your body helping you achieve a better nights sleep and more comfort for daywear.
A big sale is on now for these wicking pajamas.
If you’ve ever tossed and turned through a sweltering summer’s night then you’re most likely familiar with, what most people refer to as, night sweats. In situations like this, the most obvious cause of overheating and discomfort is a lack of adequate air conditioning. However, not all night sweats occur in the summer and not all night sweats are related to hot weather.
Can you imagine waking up in the middle of the night drenched in perspiration when it’s 42 degrees outside? Cancer patients often experience night sweats due to the hormonal changes caused by the drugs which often tip women into menopause early. Men can also experience night sweats due to these hormonal changes and the side effects of the drugs. Fortunately there are nightgowns and pajamas specially designed for people (women and men) who suffer from regular night sweats. Wicking pajamas work to draw moisture away from the body to help provide a cool and dry night’s sleep.
Most women experience hot flashes as they go through menopause. However, menopause symptoms often occur during cancer treatment creating very uncomfortable sweats, namely night sweats. The outcome is feeling sweaty and clammy in between. Clothes are soaked, especially at night. I know women who have gotten up and changed several times in the night, including the bed sheets.
In this day and age, there are now some very chic and practical options. They are not just the sporty options which are available for exercise buffs. Manufacturers have seen the need and have designed beautiful and fetching nightwear in pajamas and nightgowns.
For those who want to look chic in the daytime and are looking for something to wear to work or a night out, simple, classic and very versatile tops and shirts are also available.
The fabric used in these garments wicks away the sweat to reduce that uncomfortable clammy feeling afterwards. These lovely moisture wicking clothing options are valuable additions to your wardrobe and will help you feel beautiful and comfortable during this period of your life.
If you are a woman going through menopause, you will understand the benefit of wicking pajamas. Getting up in the middle of the night, drenched and having to change pajamas is not fun. Not only is it inconvenient, but it disrupts sleep which is sorely needed at this time of life. The fabric in these pajamas wicks the sweat away from your body and relieves the clammy feeling you get after the night sweat.
Nowadays, there are beautiful pajamas and nighties to fill the bill. For those who have favoured cotton, these wicking nightwear garments are lovely. Cotton is great – soft and comfortable – but it just does not work for this situation. So, if you are going through cancer treatment and menopause comes early as if often the case, there are solutions.
Also look for wicking pillowcases and sheets, as well as wicking nightwear for men. Sometimes going through cancer treatment causes men to have their version of night sweats. Who would have thought!!
We all have different styles of nightwear – some of us prefer nighties, some pajamas, and the weather also makes a difference. Warm, cozy versus minimal and cool. Also sexy versus practical.
Another consideration comes to mind after cancer treatment as often chemotherapy will tip women into menopause. And, with menopause come night sweats and hot flashes and changing pajamas when they become soaked.
To help alleviate this situation, you might want to consider wicking pajamas, nighties, etc. They won’t take away the night sweats or hot flashes, but they will wick away the sweat and reduce the clammy after feeling.