We all know how hard it is to get a good nights sleep on a hot day but add in hot flushes and it can be near impossible!
Characterised by a sudden feeling of intense heat throughout the body, hot flushes or hot sweats are one of the most common signs of perimenopause – the years of hormonal fluctuation leading up to the natural end of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
They’re usually harmless but can often trigger intense and sometimes embarrassing symptoms, like sweating, palpitations and for many a red flushing of the face.
Summer can often mean sticky nights with broken sleep but for women going through the menopause it can aggravate night sweats and insomnia making life even more difficult to deal with.
Here are some top tips for keeping cool and sleeping better:
Keep your room cool – Keeping your curtains or blinds closed will shut out some of the heat. Open windows to get the air flowing and putting a fan in your room can all help to reduce the intensity of hot sweats
Wear natural fibres – Make sure your night clothes and bedding are made from cotton rather than synthetic materials
Eliminate trigger foods – Removing caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods from your diet may help to reduce hot flushes. Try sleep-inducing herbal tea, such as chamomile or lemon verbena to get a better nights sleep
Keep hydrated – We all know that we need to keep drinking as much water as possible in the heat but it really is important whilst going through the menopause to stay hydrated.
You can always try one of our fantastic neck fans to help you keep cool, priced at just £10.00 they’re a summer essential! Neck Fan – White – MNetwork
If your struggling with menopause and the summer heat seek help from your doctor as there may be treatment available to help you through.