Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. They are often accompanied by a range of other troublesome symptoms, including chills and cold feet. Such unpleasant menopausal side effects can be difficult to manage on a daily basis and often require treatment. The information below is designed to explain why you experience hot flash episodes and cold sensations, and how they can be treated.
What Are Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
Hot flashes can be defined as a feeling of intense heat in the upper body, usually accompanied by an increased heart rate and flushing of the face, neck, and chest. As the body begins to cool down, women often experience chills, have cold feet, and begin shivering. Nearly 75% of women experience hot flashes and cold sensations as they transition through menopause.
What Causes Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
The main trigger of hot flashes and cold sensations is thought to be a decreased level of estrogen. This hormonal imbalance affects the overall function of the body, specifically that of the hypothalamus part of the brain that regulates body temperature. The hypothalamus falsely detects an increase in body temperature, so it releases chemicals that dilate the blood vessels near the skin and allow heat to be released for the body to cool down. The fluctuating hormone levels can cause women to experience hot flashes. Hot flashes and cold sensations can also be caused by poor blood circulation, which can make their feet cold.
Hot flashes and cold sensations typically disappear as a woman enters postmenopause. Most women stop experiencing this symptom in the five years following menopause. Unfortunately, for some women, hot flashes and cold sensations can persist for up to ten years or longer. Read on to find out more about how to manage hot flashes and cold sensations.
How Can I Manage Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
The following tips can help you to cope with hot flashes and cold sensations:
Eat a balanced diet (rich in protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables, and grains)
Drink two liters of water every day
Keep room temperature low
Try natural remedies to balance your hormones
Wear lightweight pajamas
Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol
Avoid exercising three hours before going to bed
Avoid eating at least two hours before going to bed
Establish a regular sleep pattern
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