Menopause: The Best (& Worst) Pyjamas to Wear

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Menopause: The Best (& Worst) Pyjamas to Wear

What are the best pyjamas to wear during menopause? If you’re unfamiliar with what menopause is, it is a natural biological process that all women experience as they age. It is marked by the end of monthly menstrual cycles and is accompanied by physical and emotional changes.

Menopause can be a difficult time for many women. One common symptom of menopause is hot flashes, which can cause night sweats.  Not only are you dealing with hot flashes and night sweats, but you might also find yourself feeling irritable and anxious.

Add to that the fact that you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, and it’s no wonder that so many women dread menopause.  But there is one thing you can control during this time:  WHAT YOU WEAR TO BED.

Believe it or not, what you wear to bed can make a big difference in how well you sleep during menopause.  

If you’re wondering what the best pyjamas to wear during menopause are, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the best (and worst) pyjamas to wear during menopause so that you can get a good night’s sleep.

Consider what fabrics you are wearing

The first thing you want to consider when choosing sleepwear during menopause is what the pyjamas are made from:-

  • No synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon.
  • Opt for natural fabrics like cotton or linen. These fabrics will help keep you cool and comfortable all night long.
  • You want to avoid anything that is going to irritate you or make you feel hot and uncomfortable.

If you typically sleep in a tank top and shorts during winter to counteract your night sweats, consider swapping it to something a little more substantial.  A pair of cotton pyjamas with long sleeves and pants will help keep you warm without making you hot.  And if you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, having a spare pair handy will make it easier for you to get back to sleep quickly without too much disruption.

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The Best Pyjamas to Wear During Menopause

When buying pyjamas there are a few things to consider when choosing the best pyjamas to wear during menopause:-

  • Breathability:  You want something that is hypoallergenic and breathable that will help you regulate your body temperature.
  • Comfort:  You need something that is comfortable and won’t irritate your skin. Look for pyjamas that are a relaxed fit and not too tight.
  • Feels Good:  Feeling good about what you’re wearing is not only for when you walk out the front door.  A flattering fit and liking what you see in the mirror is important when wearing your pyjamas as well.  Feeling happy helps you to relax and relaxation is the #1 step in achieving a good night’s sleep.

With those things in mind, here are our top fabric picks for the best pyjamas to wear during menopause:

  1. Cotton Pyjamas: Cotton is a natural fibre that is both breathable and absorbent. It will help you regulate your body temperature and prevent night sweats. Cotton pyjamas are also soft, comfortable and hypoallergenic making them ideal for menopausal women.
  2. Silk Pyjamas: Silk is another natural fibre that is known for its breathability and temperature-regulating properties. Silk pyjamas are also soft and smooth, making them gentle on your skin. The only downside to silk pyjamas is they often carry a hefty price tag and are therefore not always an affordable option.
  3. Bamboo Cotton Pyjamas: Bamboo Cotton is a sustainable material that is both breathable and absorbent.  Like cotton, bamboo fibre quickly wicks moisture away from the skin. However unlike cotton, bamboo fabric allows moisture to evaporate into the air quickly. Therefore when you sweat, you won’t stay damp for long.  Bamboo pyjamas are also soft and comfortable, making them ideal for menopausal women. The Bamboo Cotton Nightie in Esme by Gingerlilly is a great choice.

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The Worst Pyjamas to Wear During Menopause

There are a few things you want to avoid when choosing what pyjamas to wear during menopause:

  • Synthetic Fabric:  Avoid anything made of synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon as they will not allow your skin to breathe and will trap heat close to your body.
  • Constrictive or Tight:  Avoid anything tight or constrictive as it will make your hot flashes worse.
  • Irritating:  Avoid anything scratchy or irritating as it will only make you more uncomfortable at night.

With those things in mind, here are our picks for the worst fabrics you can wear to bed during menopause: 

  1. Polyester / Nylon: Polyester is a synthetic material that traps heat close to your body and doesn’t allow your skin to breathe.  It will make hot flashes worse and will leave you feeling uncomfortable at night.  Polyester pyjamas should be avoided by menopausal women at all costs!
  2. Spandex / Lycra: Spandex is a synthetic material that is tight and constrictive. It is mostly known to be used as a figure enhancing undergarment or used in active wear.  Although it does breathe and is moisture wicking, it is absolutely too tight to wear to bed.   Don’t wear spandex or lycra to bed – save it for the gym or for the Logies.
  3. Wool: Wool is a natural fibre that is scratchy and irritating.  Although, in Australia, I can’t say I’ve come across many pyjamas made from wool!  Although it is a natural fibre that helps keep us warm and perfect to wear outdoors, it’s not recommended for menopausal women to wear it to bed.

There’s no need to suffer through menopause; there are things you can do to make it more bearable.

Although many of the changes are out of your control, one of them is not.  Start paying close attention to what you wear to bed. By opting for natural fabrics, you can help yourself stay cool and comfortable all night long—so choose wisely and get the restful sleep you need during this difficult time.

Wishing you good nights and days ahead.

La’Dormir

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