Hot flushes or hot flashes are the most frequent symptom of menopause and perimenopause ( period of several years before actual menopause). Hot flush is a quick feeling of heat and sometimes red, flushed face and sweating. They typically last between 30 secs and 10 mins.
When hot flushes happen at night, they are called night sweats and may make it harder to fall asleep ( as if we don't have enough reasons already!)
Some ladies hv hot flushes for a short time during menopause while others hv them for life. But the good news is that they get less severe as time goes by. You can't avoid hot flushes during menopause but you can manage them.
1) Reduce these triggers :
Other ways include :
2) Stay cool by using fans during the day and night. Wear light layers of clothing with natural fibers like cotton.
3) Practise deep breathing 15 mins in the morning, 15 mins in the eve and at the onset of a hot flush.
4) Exercise Daily eg walking, swimming and cyling are good choices.
5) Try pillows that keep your head cooler at night. Yes, they are available!
6) Try supplements like Vit B Complex, Vit E.
7) Try Natural remedies ( in my next post).
8) If it is really causing you discomfort and insomnia, see a doctor promptly who might suggest Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). This is given to women whose hormones drop significantly because of menopause. Once considered an Elixir of Youth, HRT is now linked to potentially life threatening conditions like increased risk of ovarian or breast cancer.