I sleep with a bath towel and an extra blanket by my bed. I keep the window open so the dry desert night air cools the room. I wake in a clammy sweat, grab the towel and mop down. Then I quickly get chilled, and wrap up in the extra blanket and down comforter. When I’m warmed up I strip off the blanket and go back to sleep. A couple hours later, same routine. This can happen several times during the night.
The sweats continue throughout the day, starting at the back of my neck and radiating outward. When I’m biking, sitting in the zendo, eating dinner, doing yoga, whateverâ€¦flash! Zip down, strip off the layers, build em up again.
The older women nod knowingly. Oh yeah, they say, that. Don’t worry, it’ll pass. Hang in thereâ€”in two to five years, everything will be fine.