Most women dread the time when they will be told they are going through "the change of life." Menopause causes a lot of different symptoms. One of the big ones is hot flashes. The term hot flash perfectly describes the condition. One second you feel fine, the next you feel like you are burning alive from the inside out. A hot flash can happen during the day and at night. Night hot flashes can disrupt sleep. Here are some ways to try and take control of the flashes.
Invest in a Cooling Pad
Cooling pads are mattress pads that draw the heat away from your body. Some of them are even electronic and can be set to a certain temperature to help keep your body cooler while you sleep. If you are experiencing hot flashes at night, investing in one of these can be a great way to keep yourself cooler and make the episodes less frequent.
Turn Down the What?
The heat. During the winter, set the heat to cut on at a lower temperature than you usually would. During the summer, set the air conditioner to keep the house at a colder temperature. Also, a fan placed directly on you while you sleep can help wonders. For anyone who may be living with you and might not like the colder temps, just get them some extra covering.
Embrace Being in the Buff
Pajamas can trap heat, triggering a hot flash. Sleeping in the nude takes away that extra layer of fabric. If the idea of sleeping naked horrifies you, just stay away from pajamas made out of flannel or polyester. Also, stay away from long sleeves and pants. Instead, buy fabrics that are breathable, like cotton, and stick to tanks tops and shorts.
Use Lower Thread Count Sheets
If you are waking up feeling like you are burning to death and drenched in sweat, try exchanging your sheets for a lower thread count. High thread count bedding is tightly woven sheets that do not allow a lot of air to flow through to keep the body cooler. Lower thread counts allow more air through.
Be Mindful of your Drink
If you like to have a glass of wine or soda before you go to bed, you might want to skip them for a while and see if that helps with your hot flashes. Alcohol and caffeine can trigger hot flashes.
Hot flashes are no fun. Hopefully, by changing just a few things up, you can be sleeping through the night again real soon. For more tips on reducing your symptoms of menopause, visit a health clinic.