Hot Flushes and Menopause
Part of the Menopause For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
Because many women only start thinking about menopause when they start getting hot flushes, here are a few quick tips for dealing with this menopause-related symptom:
Exercise frequently: One woman in 20 who exercises frequently experience hot flushes. In contrast, one woman in four who don’t exercise experiences hot flushes.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine and limit your intake of spicy foods and hot drinks. These foods and drinks can all trigger hot flushes.
Aim to reduce your stress level. Upping the amount of exercise you do or taking up relaxation techniques can be effective ways to achieve this.
Consider what you wear. Dressing in layers enables you to peel off when you’re flushing and cover up when the flush has gone.
Turn on a fan or have fewer sheets over you at night to keep night sweats at bay. Or switch to a sheet with several thin blankets so that you can adjust your layers when you need to.