Menopause is a natural biological process that almost all women experience as they age.
During this time, the body goes through various changes, and one of the most common symptoms and most well-known symptoms: hot flushes.
Hot flashes can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing! Disrupting not just your sleep but also your daily activities. But worry not – because there are ways to manage these symptoms and we’re about to share them with you!
But first, let’s dive into the nitty gritty of what hot flashes are exactly and why we get them…
Hot flashes are a sudden sensation of heat that spreads throughout the body, causing sweating, flushing, and heart palpitations. They are typically felt in the face, neck, and chest and can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Some women may also experience chills, as the body tries to cool down after the flash.
Whilst it seems as though they always happen at the most inopportune moments, just to annoy you – the exact cause of hot flashes is still unknown, but they are thought to be linked to hormonal changes that occur during menopause.
As oestrogen levels decline, the body’s thermostat becomes more sensitive, leading to sudden temperature changes. Hot flashes can also be triggered by stress, anxiety, and certain foods and drinks, such as caffeine and alcohol.
Cool Embrace works by helping to regulate body temperature, which can be particularly helpful during a hot flash. They can be used during the day or night, providing relief whenever a hot flash occurs.
In school, we learn that hot air rises and usually, we welcome the science that enables blankets and duvets to trap the heat, keeping us warm. However, when you’re in menopause, you’ll likely experience excessive heat and sweating.
Cool Embrace absorbs and disperses heat across your body – cooling you down. It is 13 times better than wool and 25 times better than cotton to prevent sweating!
In addition to using cooling blankets, there are other ways to manage hot flashes during menopause.
Dress in layers: Wear lightweight clothing made of natural fibres, which can be easily removed if a hot flash occurs.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol – sorry!
Practice relaxation techniques: Meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can trigger hot flashes.
Exercise regularly: We know getting sweaty with exercise sounds counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can help regulate body temperature and reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes!
Talk to your doctor: Most importantly, if hot flashes are severely impacting your daily life, talk to your doctor about other treatment options, such as hormone replacement therapy, supplements, or natural remedies. There’s no shame or stigma attached to menopause. Half the population will likely experience it at some point in their lives and you don’t need to suffer in silence.
We know from experience – hot flashes during menopause can be uncomfortable, but there are ways to manage them.
Our Cool Embrace cooling blanket and pillowcase can provide relief during a hot flush, while other lifestyle changes can help reduce their frequency and severity.
If you’re struggling with hot flushes, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you and remember…you’re not alone.