Night sweats - any practical tips on how to manage?
I've just started the Taxol phase of AC-T chemo and am suffering night sweats, sometimes three times a night.
I went into menopause 20 years ago following my first episode of breast cancer, so I've been post-menopausal for a long time. No night sweats at all then. I'm not on any anti-hormone Rx - just the Taxol.
Does anyone have any really practical tips on how to help with sleeping? eg. sleep on towels; sleep wrapped in a towel; make nightdresses out of towels (😂); sleep on the floor (yes I am desperate), put towel over/under bedsheet; sleep on a whole heap of towels with others over the top, and chuck the wet ones off the bed each time; buy a mattress pad - (which one???? there seem to be millions of 'cooling' ones out there all with different 'technologies'). Moisture wicking sheets; or comforter; or both? Same as mattress pad - how do you choose - this is all too expensive. Lots say 'cooling', but don't reference night sweats and I don't wake feeling hot - I wake in a miserable panic, in a pool of cold sweat on cold wet sheets.
I have ordered some moisture-wicking sleepwear (Lusome), but not arrived yet.
I know all the advice to try to prevent them - cool bedroom, limit spicy food, alcohol etc. etc. But I just want to know how manage them as easily and quickly as possible when they do happen, so I can try and get back to sleep.
I'm getting scared at the thought of even going to bed.
In hope - all suggestions and products that have helped, gratefully received.
And hugs to everyone else who's suffering this icky mess. Researchers - find a cure please. This is not a trivial problem and it affects millions of women.