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Hot Flashes, Cold Weather

You’re bundled up because it’s freezing outside, when all of a sudden, a hot flash hits. 

It’s hard enough to breathe through a hot flash with just a T-shirt on. Adding layers of cold weather gear can make it feel like you’re roasting like a Christmas turkey in the oven. 

Menopause isn’t fun any time of year. But here are some tips to help cool off when your personal furnace kicks on.

  • Identify your triggers.
  • Avoid common triggers: alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, spicy and hot foods, smoking.
  • Keep cold water nearby, take a drink when you feel a hot flash coming on.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, massage, hypnosis or yoga.
  • If night sweats are a problem, take a cool shower before bedtime, keep the temperature in your bedroom cool and don’t pile on too many covers.