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Hot Flash Relief: Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Updated on March 19, 2013

The Two Most Common Menopause Signs

Those who have experienced typical menopause signs of hot flashes and night sweats know one thing for certain: there is no mistaking them, and you just want hot flash relief. Your body temperature starts to rise, your cheeks being to flush and perspiration starts to appear. Some know it's coming--they feel nauseous, weak or anxious right before it happens. Some are caught by surprise. One thing both sets of women have in common is that once it starts, it can't be stopped.

This intense sense of warmth is often followed by a cold, uncomfortable chill. Hot flashes can occur several times of day, but many women find dealing with night sweats and hot flashes to be most difficult at--you guessed it--night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40 percent of menopausal women report disruptive sleep due to night sweats and hot flashes. Sleeping difficulties can lead to a variety of other problems such as daytime drowsiness, reduced productivity, moodiness and more. Luckily, there are a variety of steps to take and products to try that can help women achieve hot flash relief.

Read Up on Menopause - Menopause Signs, Stories and Treatments

Sometimes a good read helps to put everything into perspective as most menopausal women feel similar menopause signs and are seeking hot flash relief.

What is Menopause?

And Can I get Hot Flash Relief?

Menopause is defined as a decreased ovarian function due to age, resulting in lowered estrogen and other hormone levels. The average women enters menopause around the age of 51. The most common and dreaded menopause signs are hot flashes. During menopause, the brain mistakenly thinks that a woman is too warm--in an effort to cool her down the brain causes her perspiration to increase, her blood vessels near the surface of the skin to enlarge and her pulse to race. Basically, a sweating, red-faced woman who is seemingly trying to cool herself in the middle of winter may very well be in menopause!

Top 7 Tips to Minimize Menopause Hot Flashes - ...and Finally Get Hot Flash Relief!

  1. Keep stress levels low; exercise frequently and practice meditation or other soothing activity.
  2. Avoid alcohol and spicy foods all day, but especially in the hours leading up to bedtime.
  3. Take a cool shower before bed.
  4. Lower the thermostat in the bedroom by several degrees.
  5. Utilize a ceiling fan; keep a personal fan handy on the nightstand.
  6. Keep ice water available at the bedside-consider a small bucket of ice, too.
  7. Purchase wicking sleepwear, quick-dry sheets and pillowcases--steer clear of jersey knits, velvets and flannels.

Stay Cool During Menopause--Image provided by Velo Steve at Flikr
Stay Cool During Menopause--Image provided by Velo Steve at Flikr

Hot Flash Relief: Menopause Pajamas

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Can Be Minimized

Menopause sleepwear can help to reduce discomfort. The fabric in these "hot flash pajamas" is often a wicking variety (such as a bamboo derivative) that draws moisture away from the skin, allowing it to quickly evaporate. If moisture is allowed to sit on the skin for too long, it will eventually make the body feel cool and clammy-this results in discomfort as you try to continually cool yourself off then heat yourself up. This type of moisture-wicking menopause sleepwear is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it lends itself to a more hygienic night's sleep; who wouldn't want to sleep in pajamas that don't trap odors? In addition to reducing two of the most uncomfortable menopause signs--nights sweats and hot flashes--this is a definite bonus.

Menopause pajamas are also generally looser-fitting than typical sleepwear. Sleeping in close-fitting or tight fabrics can cause increased warmth and discomfort; looser sleepwear lends itself to an airier feeling.

2 Piece Wicking Pajama Set for Hot Flash Relief

Simple Tank Nightgown for Maximum Relief from Hot Flashes

Basic Black Button-Down Sleepshirt for Hot Flash Relief

Hot Flash Relief: Wicking Sheets - Minimize Hot Flashes and Hot Sweats with Wicking Sheets

Selecting bedding that help to keep you cool and dry is important when you are experiencing menopause signs like hot flashes and night sweats. These sheets help keep you comfortable by pulling moisture away from you body and drying quickly.

Other Products to Help you Stay Cool

Hot flashes and night sweats can be minimized with the help of some special items. All of these products are intended to help get you cool--fast--and keep you cool.

Have you Experienced Hot Flashes and Night Sweats? - What's Your Best Tip?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love these Cool-jams. Bought some last month and honestly have never slept better!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. Women bother with monthly menses then tapering off then comes the menopause with its hot flashes. Women have it hard!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The occasional hot flash. No sweating with them yet and no night sweats yet. But I know they're coming. The night clothes are very cool! Nice lens!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I used to have the worst hot flashes and night sweats of anyone I ever heard of. but cured myself after a while, with a combination of herbs and homeopathic and omega 3 and 6 oils. This page would have come in handy back then:)

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Thankfully, no...but, then I wouldn't! Useful resource for those afflicted, though :)

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      lucky not - what else can i say?

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I'm years away from menopause, but seeing the side effects makes me dread it all the more! Those pyjamas are pretty funky, though!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I could use this in August, too. Think myself cool!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I sure didn't know there was such a think as Menopause Pajamas. Very interesting

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Useful tips - after someone close to me went to through menopause coupled with two years of a misbehaving thyroid, I can see that any help would be appreciated!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Had no idea there was such a thing as Menopause Pajamas! Still away from menopause so I hope when it comes I'll be spare..

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Doesn't sound much fun but good to be informed! Love the snow pics and good to know about the wicking sleepwear. I think the button front is a good idea for cooling off in a hurry.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Yikes! Something to look forward to .......