It is believed that women suffer three times as many hot flushes as men do. Because hot flushes are a symptom of menopause, and episodes happen alongside many other symptoms, hot flushes can increase the intensity of other symptoms as well.
Keep reading to find out more about how to cope with hot flushes.
Different Ways to Cope with Hot Flushes
Here are some tips to help you handle hot flash episodes:
- Placing cold compresses on the head or neck
- Practicing breathing techniques
- Avoiding warm environments
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol and spicy foods
- Using cotton sheets
- Taking a cold shower before bed
- Exercising regularly, but not two hours before going to bed
- Avoiding being rushed
Finding the Triggers
How to cope with hot flushes relies on finding individual triggers. Here is a short list of the most common triggers for hot flushes:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
- Diet pills
- Spicy food and hot drinks
- Warm environments (e.g., hot showers and saunas)
Options Treatments for Hot Flush Episodes
There are many ways to cope with hot flushes. First, it is important to exercise in the mornings, and maintain a healthy diet. Keep in mind that exercising late at night can raise the body temperature and make it harder to fall asleep, as well as trigger night sweats, the nocturnal sibling of hot flushes.
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