Hot flushes during menopause can play havoc with many women, particularly when accompanied with sweating at night, known as night sweats.
The cause of a hot flush is unknown but is thought to relate to changes in circulation. Hot flushes (sensations of heat that can be accompanied by a red flushed face) occur when blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool, producing the red, flushed look to the face. A women’s body may also perspire to cool her down.
Whilst it may be impossible to completely avoid hot flushes during menopause, triggers such as caffeine, stress, alcohol, smoking, spicy foods and heat can often bring hot flushes on more frequently or cause them to be more severe.
Handy tips that can help to reduce night sweats include:
Keep your bedroom cool at night; this includes ensuring your bedding is kept cool.
- The Chillow Pillow is a pillow pad that provides a cooling memory foam like surface hour after hour, night after night. The Chillow Pillow is simply activated with water and can be used inside or outside of your pillow.
- The Cool Pad Mattress Topper and Cool Pad Pillow Topper use cool gel technology to absorb heat from the body. Cool Pad Toppers are also great for other conditions or treatments such as Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy.
- DermaTherapy bedding helps to wick excessive moisture away from the body while sleeping and will ensure drier, cleaner sheets during night sweats.
Wear light layers of clothing. Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear is fantastic at absorbing excessive moisture from the body during night sweats and has anti-microbial properties ensuring the sleepwear is kept fresher for longer.
Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (about six to eight breaths per minute). Try deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening and at the onset of hot flushes.
Try to exercise daily.