When I woke up one morning about 3 years ago absolutely drenched in sweat, I put it down to the hot weather and didn’t think much more of it. But when this continued night after night, despite the weather cooling down, I realised something else was going on. Turns out, that what I was experiencing were night sweats and they were my very unwelcome introduction to the perimenopause.
My Perimenopause Journey So Far
Before I get onto my review of the fantastic Dagsmejan cooling sleepwear I was sent, I feel it’s only right to give you a brief history of my perimenopause journey so far. As I mentioned, it all started with the night sweats. These were proper, full on, soaking wet, cold, absolutely stinking, night sweats. My pyjama top would be sodden, like literally soaking, to the point you could have probably wrung it out, it was that wet. And this was unlike any sweat I had experienced before, this stank; a pungent, ammonia smelling stench. I felt and smelled disgusting. Nobody had warned me about this, nor the long list of other symptoms that ensued. Erratic and heavier periods, fatigue, anxiety, night sweats, vivid dreams, emotional outbursts, loss of self-esteem, loss of confidence, acne, dizziness, palpitations, achy breasts, loss of libido, dry skin, dry hair, dry everything! I was an absolute mess, and I didn’t know what to do about it.
I did a bit of research, as you do, and it all seemed to point towards the perimenopause. But I was 40, surely I was too young for this? Well, that’s exactly what the doctor said when I paid a visit and explained my woes. A normal blood test result and a chat about lifestyle changes later and I was offered Evening Primrose Oil, a course of antidepressants and I was sent on my way.
When my symptoms started to get progressively worse, my husband cautiously sidled up to me one evening and uttered the words, “I think you should go private”. A 20-minute virtual appointment and a slightly reduced bank balance resulted in me being officially diagnosed as perimenopausal (the turbulent years before you reach the menopause, which it turns out, is just one day!) and I was prescribed HRT in the form of oestrogen gel and progesterone tablets. That was 9 months ago.
I wish I could tell you it’s been easy, and that HRT swept in like some pharmaceutical superhero and cleared up all my symptoms, but life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows is it? After a few dosage changes things have improved, but what I have realised is that it’s time to help myself and that involves making some lifestyle tweaks. For the purpose of this particular article I want to focus on night sweats and look at some of the things you can do to help reduce the chances of suffering from them, as well as tell you about the Dagsmejan sleep playsuit of dreams.
What Can You Do To Combat Night Sweats?
Due to fluctuating levels of hormones during the perimenopause, the body can lose the ability to control its temperature. This results in sudden waves of intense heat that spread throughout the body. And of course, the body’s natural way to cool us down is to sweat, however when these heatwaves come thick and fast, so too does the sweating, and that makes for a very uncomfortable night’s sleep – if indeed you manage to get any at all!
Thankfully, there are a few different courses of action we can take to help alleviate this:
- Wear cooling sleepwear – Wearing the right sleepwear can make the world of difference. Whilst you might think that natural fabrics like cotton are the best option, actually it’s not. Cotton, although lightweight, only absorbs the sweat, which means it then retains moisture leaving you wet, cold, and uncomfortable. Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, trap heat and so we sweat even more. Dagsmejan are an example of the best pyjamas for menopause because they are made from NATTCOOL™ fabric, which is 92% Microlyocell made from eucalyptus, and 8% Elastane/Lycra. This fabric is not only moisture wicking so draws the sweat away from your skin, but it is also 8 times more breathable than cotton.
- Cool your room – In the peak of summer, a hot bedroom is a sleep disaster. To keep things cool at night, keep your curtains or blinds drawn in the daytime, and leave a window open overnight. It is recommended you try and keep the temperature in your bedroom at around 18 °C/64 °F, so it might be worth investing in a fan to help keep the temperature down.
- Change your bedding – Like sleepwear, the fabric of your sheets, duvet and pillow can make all the difference to how cool you stay. Look out for fabrics that are moisture wicking and are as light and breathable as possible.
- Hydrate – Make sure you drink enough water throughout the daytime to ensure your body is hydrated, as this will help control your body temperature. Keep a glass of water by your bedside for any night time wake ups, as well as a damp cloth to place on your forehead should you wake up hot and sweaty. You can even get cooling sprays and gels to help with night sweats so it might be worth considering keeping one of these on your bedside table too.
- Meditation – Night sweats can occur when we are stressed or worried about something. Doing a few minutes of meditation or breathing exercises before settling down for the night will help to relax your body and mind.
- HRT – And finally, if all of that isn’t completely solving the problem, it’s time to get on the phone to your GP and ask to be prescribed some HRT.
What Makes Dagsmejan Cooling Sleepwear So Special?
I want to now tell you more about Dagsmejan and how their sleepwear can make a real difference to the quality of sleep you get, by helping to keep you cool overnight and to prevent you from being woken up by night sweats. As I briefly mentioned above, their sleepwear range is made from lightweight NATTCOOL™ fabric and the benefits of this type of fabric are that…
- It dries in 1/3 of the time of cotton.
- It is 8 times more breathable than cotton.
- It is 2 times softer than cotton.
- It releases water vapour 60% better than cotton.
Yes that’s right, what we have here are pyjamas, night slips, playsuits, whatever style of sleepwear you feel most comfy wearing in bed, all made out of fabric that is going to wick away your sweat, allow your body to breathe, keep you cool, are super smooth, and look gorgeous too. These are all the things.
Because looks matter too, right? Menopausal women have long been associated with being past their prime, non-sexual, dried up old women, And the fact is, we’re not. We’ve still got plenty of life left in us. We’ve got a few hormonal imbalances going on sure, but we are still very much all-woman. Which is why I love Dagsmejan so much. Because you see, they’ve created sleepwear that combines both form and function. It does everything you need it to do, but it also looks cute and super sexy too. And if ever there was a time that women need to feel confident in themselves, it is when they’re going through the menopause!
Lightweight, with flat ergonomic seams, slightly front placed side seams, and no tags, Dagsmejan sleepwear is designed to give you the ultimate in comfort with minimal amount of friction during the night. And if you’re a menopausal woman who experiences itchiness and dry skin, you’ll know how important this is.
Tell Me More
I opted to try out the Dagsmejan sleep playsuit and I’ve got to say I was majorly impressed. Playsuits run the risk of being a bit shapeless, but this one has a drawstring waist so that you can nip it in at the waist and give yourself some definition. And the V-neck neckline and loose sleeves shows off just the right amount of cleavage and sexy shoulders to make this a desirable piece of nightwear. The fabric is loose and airy, and silky smooth to the touch, it’s a pleasure to wear.
Since wearing the playsuit, I have had no night sweats whatsoever. Admittedly, I am on HRT, which has alleviated this problem somewhat, however we have had a heatwave here in the UK and yet even through the stuffy and sweltering hot nights I have not woken up all sweaty and clammy like I usually would. Testament indeed.
I went for the Fine Lines design, which is a kind of light navy blue with white pinstripes, but you can also get the playsuit in Lavender, Navy Blue, Sage, Cool Grey, Citrus, and Night Bloom. As well as the cooling playsuits, Dagsmejan also sell cooling night slips, night shirts, pyjamas, sleep shorts and t-shirt sets. Plus, incredibly, along with their cooling range they also sell sleepwear to help keep you warm at night if you suffer from the cold, sleepwear to help balance you out if you’re someone who fluctuates between feeling hot and cold, a recovery range that aids muscle recovery using clever mineral technology, and a range of cosy loungewear. Oh, and they have a menswear range too. They’ve literally got every one of your sleep and lounging needs sorted!
On top of all of that, they offer a 14-day sleep comfort guarantee. So, if you buy a piece of sleepwear from them, try it, and then decide you don’t like it (although, I challenge you to find something wrong with it!) you can then return it within 14 days for a full refund. Dagsmejan are that confident you are going to love their products. And I don’t blame them, because this is some seriously good, high quality sleepwear going on.
To find out more about what Dagsmejan are doing to help women going through the menopause get a better night’s sleep, head to the Dagsmejan website. And if you fancy buying yourself some fantastic cooling nightwear, if you pop my discount code (HEALTHYLIVING15) in at the checkout you’ll get yourself a cheeky little 15% discount too.