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How to Manage Menopauseal Night Sweats

A Novel Way to Manage Menopause Related Hot Flashes

Hormonal Hot Flashes

Hot flashes due to hormonal imbalance can occur during pregnancy and at midlife. This blog is going to focus on mid-life hot flashes. Hormonal fluctuation during perimenopause and menopause can result in hot flashes. The cause is uncertain and about 40% of females experience disrupting hot flashes. The hot flash intensity can vary from mild sensations of elevated body temperature to an all-out body drench.

The NEJM Journal Watch Women’s Health has discussed that there is a modest correlation between persistent night sweats/hot flashes, called persistent vasomotor symptoms, and the development invasive breast cancer. This is something to consider and I recommend a discussion with your doctor about how to manage them.

In the meantime, while monitoring closely and seeking care, we all want a bit of relief.

Here are the most commonly suggestions to improve or reduce the number or intensity of hot flashes.

Modern Medical Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy

Prescription drugs: Gabapentin and clonidine

Natural supplements:

Vitamin E

Black Cohash
Red clover
Don Quai
Evening primrose

Lifestyle Recommendations:

Maintain a healthy weight
Monitor your diet
Avoid caffeine
Avoid spicy and hot foods
Dress in layers
Keep a fan handy
Lower the thermostat
Limit sugar
Exercise vigorously most days of the week
Stay hydrated
Reduce stress

These are the most common suggestions to manage the hot flashes, but I have a novel, inexpensive method that helped me. Let me tell you the back story of how I discovered this.

NurseChrisP’s Novel Way to Manage Menopausal Nighttime Hot Flashes

This novel way to manage menopause related hot flashes is based on my personal experience only. I have researched this and have not found any data supporting this. I am suggesting this as a women suffering from sleep disturbance from intense and frequent hot flashes and night sweats on a fairly frequent basis.

Here is a bit of the back ground.

A few months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was prescribed Armour thyroid supplementation. Thyroid supplementation absorption is highly affected by timing and certain foods. It is recommended that it is taken on an empty stomach. I assumed that this meant I could take it in the morning before my coffee. Sadly I found that caffeine and the cream I put in my coffee could decrease the absorption of it. So I began taking the medicine at 3 am in the morning. This was a time that I usually woke up due to a hot flash. So it was not an addition disruption to my already disrupted sleep.

To accommodate this new need of taking a pill in the middle of the night, I started keeping a cup of ice water by my bedside to take the medication. What happened next was unexpected and reproducible. Sipping the ice cold water either stopped the hot flash entirely or reduced the intensity of it. Believe me I was floored to say the least. After I noticed this I began experimenting with different water temperatures with varying results.
The room temperature water did not seem to affect the hot flashes, cold water improved them, but the ice water that resulted in a mild “brain freeze” resulted in the best effects. Eureka.

NurseChrisP’s Method

Large cup of ICED water, and a straw.

Directions: At first sign of hot flash, use the straw to direct the cold water to the top of the roof of your mouth (where you would get a brain freeze). Take 8 swallows of water and wait for the freezing sensation on that area of your mouth.

Repeat as often as you need to.

This method is anecdotal, not researched or proven in the medical community. This is my experience only. For those with persistent and disruptive symptoms, please seek the care of a doctor to rule out other causes of night sweats.

Please try my technique and send me a note about whether it helped you or not.

If you want help regaining your health, check out my book, Second Chance at Health- Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating,  and my other blogs.