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Those of you who have had to deal with menopause or peri-menopause probably have had the experience known as hot flashes , or "your own personal sauna" as some women refer to it. What can you do about hot flashes other than suffer through them?
First, let’s talk about what causes hot flashes. We actually don’t know what causes them for sure, some people feel that it is due to low levels of estrogen. But since they tend to happen more during peri-menopause which is a time of extreme hormonal fluctuation, we could also assume that they are somehow caused by the hormonal ups and downs, specifically estrogen.
So one of the first choices for treating hot flashes are just some simple lifestyle changes you can adapt to help you get through the period of symptoms. Try to identify your triggers that may be connected to your hot flashes, like drinking a hot beverage or being in situations that stress you out. Some women find that staying away from coffee or other beverages that contain caffeine can help lessen the occurrence of hot flashes. Avoiding alcohol and spicy foods can
Do you tend to perspire in the middle of the night when everything seems to be cooler then? Well, chances are, you are having perimenopause night sweats which – if not treated – may lead to ultimate perimenopause insomnia … something you wouldn’t want for the rest of your day as it may also bring about other psychological symptoms as well (such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression or plain irritability with matching mood swings.
Night sweating would usually be caused by hot flashes or flushes. Once the body experiences a hot flash (hotness from the chest up to the face), the body quickly tries to regulate it by lowering the body’s temperature – sort of like a cooling process for the body. This is where sweating comes in.
Sweating isn’t just a sticky, icky feeling that you get during or after exercise. It does just that – it cools down your body just when the body decides to do so before you "overheat".
Unfortunately, night sweats are often a prelude to sleepless nights, as this perimenopause symptom disrupts sleep. And as mentioned earlier, may lead to other perimenopause symptoms as well.