Ever wondered what causes hot flashes and night sweats (aka hot flashes while you sleep)? Previously hot flashes were thought to be as a result of low estrogen levels (and many women were given estrogen to combat this) but they are actually as a result of dropping estrogen levels – similar to an addicts drug withdrawal! This does not necessarily mean you have consistently low estrogen, but more likely you have an excess and you experience a significant drop at times.
This drop signals stress responses in the brain, therefore hot flashes can be worse when you in stressful situations, both emotionally and physically, if you are overweight or not active at all, not sleeping or eating on a consistent schedule and if you smoke.
How can you manage your hot flashes?
Having good stress management techniques in place is a great place to start. Practising yoga, meditation, reading for pleasure, sleeping regularly and consistently and getting back to play are all helpful in bringing balance to our stress responses.
There are also some therapies that can help (speak with your compounding pharmacist, functional medical doctor or naturopath) such as bio identical hormones in the form of progesterone can help.
Incidentally, progesterone can also help if you are having trouble sleeping. As we are enter into perimenopause our progesterone declines which can cause insomnia, which can lead to stress, which can then lead to night sweats.
Other forms of support:
- Lyposomal Vitamin C
- Avoiding caffeine, coffee, tea and alcohol
- Homeopathic remedies
- Bee pollen
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Adaptogens (helps you adapt to stress) – ginseng, ashwaganda, Siberian ginseng
Do you suffer from hot flashes? night sweats? Leave me a comment below and let me know
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