Hot flashes and night sweats

By WHN Editorial Team

Causes of hot flashes and night sweats

Hot flashes — a defining symptom of menopause — can seriously disrupt your life. A hot flash can occur without warning, creating embarrassing episodes especially if your face flushes, or if you routinely perspire through your clothes. As night sweats, they can wake you from a sound sleep, with your pajamas and sheets soaked through.

“One day I was giving a speech…and the sweat was just pouring off me! My night sweats were so bad I literally would have to change the sheets in the middle of the night. Now, I’m having no symptoms, no night sweats — nothing.”

Lynnea, customer

When you have a hot flash, the temperature-regulating area within your brain — in the hypothalamus — is “tricked” into trying to get rid of extra body heat. The hypothalamus sends cool-down signals telling your blood vessels to dilate, your heart rate to increase, and your sweat glands to open up wide.

The result is a sudden, intense — and unpleasant — rush of heat, often accompanied by drenching perspiration, dizziness, and even heart palpitations. You may also feel nauseated or weak, and have a crawling sensation on your skin.

Hot flashes — indicators that something bigger is going on

When your body is trying to juggle a lot of demands — and isn’t getting enough support — the ability to balance hormones is overwhelmed. This resulting hormonal imbalance can send false messages to your hypothalamus, giving rise to hot flashes or night sweats — often the first symptoms women notice as they approach the midlife transition in perimenopause. For many women, hot flashes and night sweats persist right through menopause.

Other factors that can contribute to hot flashes:

  • If you have high levels of anxiety, it can make you up to five times more likely to experience hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Certain foods like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and hot spices are known to trigger hot flashes in some women.
  • Women with hot flashes and night sweats often report related symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and headaches.

What about HRT or a “magic pill” for hot flashes?

Today, the choice to use HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is a personal one, but it used to be conventional medicine’s go-to solution for menopausal symptoms. Now more women are experimenting with single-ingredient supplements from the drug store or so-called “magic pills” that don’t address the underlying problem of hormonal imbalance and cannot offer the lasting results that more comprehensive approaches do. For example, single herbs like black cohosh only work for a minority of women.

There are effective, natural options that work to restore balance to the three key hormones that fluctuate during perimenopause and menopause: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These options offer the best long-term relief — without subjecting you to the known risks and frequent side effects of HRT.

A better solution — an approach with rich support for hot flash relief

When you reduce the demands being made on your body while increasing support, you will see a decrease in both the frequency and severity of your hot flashes and night sweats, and it will help relieve other symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Our unique and popular approach has helped tens of thousands of women find natural symptom relief by restoring hormonal balance naturally. In fact, 85% of our customers report significant improvement within 30 days or less.

Last Updated: October 8, 2021

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