The Simplest Way I’ve Found to Keep Dry During Night Sweats

March 10, 2020.

Perry Babe Cherie Fournier – the owner of the wonderful blog has recently tried a menopause nightdress. Read her experiences below and check out the article at 


Disclaimer friends: this is not meant as an advertisement – we just want to share Cherie’s experience with the Become brand. We haven’t tried it ourselves!

One of the most common indicators that you’ve headed into perimenopause territory is hot flashes (or hot flushes) and night sweats. I haven’t yet had much luck getting rid of hot flashes and night sweats all together. But after many sweat-drenched nights, I have found some help to keep dry during night sweats that I’m excited to share with you!

Why Do We Get So Hot?

Changes in hormones cause our internal thermostats to become more sensitive. Even small changes in the temperature around us can start the fire burning inside our bodies. Take a look at The Guide to Hot Flashes and Night Sweats from Lisa Health to learn more.

Temperature Triggers

Some of my triggers include turning up the temperature in my house by one degree to a balmy 68 degrees, the sun shining into my car when I’m driving – even when it’s 18 degrees outside, feeling the heat off my boyfriend’s body when we’re sleeping at night, and wearing sweatpants.

Food Triggers

I’ve also noticed certain foods can set off the hot flash cycle – like spicy food and red meat. Red meat produces my most intense hot flashes. My face and ears heat up and turn bright red. When I get a burger craving, I give those I’m eating with a hot flash warning. And I use it as a conversation starter about perimenopause and my blog.

“My doctor said ‘Nobody has ever died from night sweats.’ After changing my clothes three times last night…I’m wondering.”

– Donna Smerker (my sister)

Breathable Clothing

In my post about staying cool during hot flashes, I talk about the importance of breathable clothing. For me, this has mostly been clothing designed for exercise to wick away sweat.

Become Night Dress

I’ve since learned about Become – a U.K.-based company dedicated to clothing and bedding designed to alleviate menopause-related symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, and skin irritation.

In a Facebook contest, Become selected me to test out one of their clothing items – a nightdress. I was thrilled! My night sweats have become increasingly challenging, so I’ve resorted to sleeping in underpants only, or in nothing at all. If there is a way to keep dry during night sweats that doesn’t require me to take a pill or buy another home cooling device, I’m game.

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So How Did the Night Dress Do?

After such intense night sweats, I was skeptical that the nightdress would help me. I put it on and loved the fit and comfort immediately. I could wear it all day it’s so cozy and soft. And it’s stayed that way through multiple washings.

I fell asleep and woke with my first night sweat a few hours later. Time for the Become night dress challenge! I pushed off my light comforter and sheet to cool down. And then the nightdress started to take action. The material was keeping the sweat off my skin as promised. I cooled down faster than when I slept naked, and I was able to get back to sleep faster as a result.

Why Become Clothes Are Better Than Workout Clothes

According to the Become website:

“It’s because sportswear is not designed to manage hot flush perspiration. A typical workout can last for at least 30 minutes, during which heat is evenly distributed. During menopausal hot flushes however, a woman will expel a lot of heat and sweat in focused areas for a very short period of time (around 5-7 minutes). Our menopause clothing has been specifically developed for this short-term rise and cool in temperature — managing the whole cycle from hot sweats to post-flush chills.”

Will I Try More Become Items?

Yes! I’d love to get my hands on a Become t-shirt to see if it retains less lingering sweat odor than my other t-shirts, and lessens the number of times I change my shirt per day. Or how often I have to put on a sweater over a t-shirt, get hot, and remove the sweater again. I also plan to try the Become underwear – I get so sweaty between my thighs at night that I sometimes feel like I’m getting a rash.


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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.

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Julia Walker
perry expert Julia (RN, BSN, BA) is a registered nurse based in Colorado. Julia's nursing background in women’s health has ranged from neonatal and postpartum care to labor and delivery, to outpatient gynecological medicine for both adolescent and adult populations. She specializes in helping women optimize their health during perimenopause and beyond.

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