How to Deal with Hot Flashes during Menopause

Part of the Menopause For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Menopausal women often experience hot flashes where a sudden, intense wave of heat overcomes them. Follow these pointers for reducing hot flashes and their effects:

  • Exercise regularly. Only one in 20 women who exercise regularly experience hot flashes. Of women who don't exercise, one in four experience hot flashes.

  • Turn on the ceiling fan or throw back the blanket at night to avoid waking up with night sweats. Instead of using one heavy blanket or duvet, use a sheet and several thin blankets; remove or add layers as needed.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol and watch those spicy foods and hot drinks. These can trigger hot flashes at the dinner table.

  • Reduce your stress level by exercising or practicing relaxation techniques.

  • Dress in layers so you can peel down when you're "flashing" and cover back up when you cool off.

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