Category Archives: Night sweats

Sleep Disturbances and Menopause

More information about restful sleep.

Q. Is it absolutely unavoidable to experience hot flashes during menopause?

A. It is very avoidable. The first thing is to balance the endocrine system through acupuncture. This may initially, or in severe cases, require monthly treatments. Eventually, treatment once every three months and then you should not need it at all.

The next crucial preventive measure for avoiding and/or eliminating hot flashes during menopause is a vegetarian or very low saturated fat diet. Be aware that hot flashes clean out the liver and the gallbladder. They are paired organs, and if one is under distress, so is the other one. Excess hormones of one type or another during a hormonal imbalance are fatty waste products. This stresses the gallbladder and hence the liver. Changing your diet (for instance, to the diet we recommend in the Chronic Disease program) could increase hot flashes as the fatty waste products are released during the first week but then it should steadily improve. As I have previously stated, I very strongly recommend that natural methods be found to deal with this problem, rather than the current hormone replacement from animal urine.

Blood Sugar

The last reason for night sweats is sugar intolerance, diabetes or reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive hypoglycemia occurs from fluctuations of blood sugar levels due to allergies. If you are not able to metabolize sugar and you eat white starch from midafternoon to late evening, as well as other sugars, it will create the night sweating that is the bane of diabetics’ existence.  Dietary regulation is definitely the answer for this.

Answers for Sleep Disturbances

We hope you find the following Q&A from our readers helpful and beneficial.

Q. What is your point of view on using melatonin in order to help one sleep?

A. Melatonin is very helpful for short-term (a few weeks) use,  to help someone during a time of extreme stress on the body or acute crisis in their environment. Sleep is necessary to help us cope on all levels. I would personally recommend 10 mg of time-released melatonin. It is advisable to obtain melatonin that has vitamin B6 added.


Q. Why do I have night sweats?

A. Night sweats can occur for several different reasons:

Allergies: You could be eating something for your evening meal that is causing an adrenal response that manifests a few hours later, when you are already asleep.  This is usually accompanied by an increased heart rate and mild to severe panic attacks. This can be tested for by muscle testing various foods, or a more thorough method is to consult with an allergist who uses non-invasive techniques of testing for allergies. There are many types of equipment available that can measure the allergic response in the body without puncturing the skin. Puncturing of the skin in allergy testing is mostly helpful in determining the degree of the allergy so that the biggest offenders can be eliminated. The use of serum under the tongue is an answer to this particular cause of night sweats.

Heavy metals: This test should be done through urinalysis, collected over a 12-hour period. This is normally done following an intravenous challenge to chelate out the metals. Naturopathic clinics often practice this technique. The alternative would be hair analysis – an ounce of hair taken from the nape of the neck.

Hormonal Imbalances: It is recommended that hormone levels be tested with saliva for the different types of estrogen in the body and that levels be balanced with plant-based hormonal creams and retested after 3-4 months.


Q. Why am I not sleeping deeply?

A. If you are not absorbing nutrition properly from your diet, lack of amino acids could produce the effect of not falling asleep easily, sleeping shallowly and not being able to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. When you lack tryptophan, found in turkey and walnuts, your sleep is not deep, peaceful and easy. Another amino acid that plays an important role in sleep is cysteine, which supports the immune system-and restful sleep that results in feeling refreshed upon awakening. It is often necessary to heal the lining of the intestines that have been abraded by hostile grains, infiltrated by overgrowth of fungus (which is called Candiasis, and is an unacknowledged pandemic world-wide). We highly recommend the Chronic Disease program here for a long-term solution.

Calcium is often in excess when natural salt is not being used. The reason for this is that the body searches for salt, taking it out of the gallbladder, and resulting in gall stones and crystallizations – or it is taken out of the bones which floods the body with calcium and upsets the calcium/magnesium ratio. This can show up as an irregular heartbeat as well as constipation. A chelated magnesium supplement is recommended. For all the above reasons, heart irregularities often accompany night sweats. Often it is simply a matter of having more magnesium to balance the calcium that is in your system that has been taken from your bones. Only use natural sea salt – the other types are unavailable for assimilation.