Hot flashes, the most visible part of a menopausal woman’s life. They can be debilitating, everyone can see the side-effects and they also have the highest interference in a woman’s sleep cycle. Hot flashes can last 7 to 10 years but I do have a few clients in their 70’s still experiencing these.
A US study showed that women with the most hot flashes were those that were stressed but also your environment and what you think of menopause also matters.
The hypothalamus, is a section of the brain that regulates body temperature. When it senses the internal temperature becoming to low or high, it sends signals to the muscles, organs, endocrine and nervous system. They then respond to help return the body temperature to normal.
At this menopausal stage, there is a narrowing of the range of the core body temperature (CBT), meaning that the body is more sensitive to changes in external temperature and how and when it responds to maintain ideal CBT, so vasodilation and sweating are more easily triggered.
There are many causation theories, including declining oestrogen, stress and perception of menopause, socio-economic factors and thyroid dysfunction.
So how can we take action to see how your habits affect your experience of hot flashes? What you can do to reduce or eradicate your symptoms?
- Keep a hot flash diary for one week, what did you eat, think and drink and how did this affect your hot flashes.
- Add in a simple paced breathing drill, literally breathe in for a count of four and breathe out for a count of four when you are experiencing a hot flash.
Join my Facebook Group, One Leg Out and download your copy of the Hot Flash Diary and take control.