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5 Ways to Get Rid of Night Sweats and Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes and night sweats are commonly experienced symptoms of various medical conditions that involve hormonal imbalance. Most individuals suffer from these as a result of menopause, chemotherapy or hyperthyroidism. Since these are merely symptoms or side effects, treating them involves the treatment of the condition, at large. However, there are always certain measures that can be taken alongside the medical treatment to sleep cool.

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy a restorative sleep like never before, minimizing the occurrence of these episodes of night sweats:

Use Icepacks

Cold-hot packs are off the counter products, easily available, commonly used to treat muscular sprains and body aches. These icepacks, however, can prove to be extremely beneficial for treating night sweats and hot flashes that often occur as a result of menopause, anxiety, or simply as a side effect of some elements of your lifestyle (e.g. smoking, drinking, and unbalanced diet).

Whenever one experiences night sweats or hot flashes, it is advised that they place the ice pack on the neck. This brings down body temperature immediately, minimizing the effect of the episode. You can place the ice pack under your pillow and turn its sides multiple times to avoid any triggers.

Focus on Bedding

Looking for technologically advanced solutions to night sweats? Tired of turning your pillow sides? Luckily, we’re living in the 21st century. That means, no more suffering. There are temperature regulating sheets that promote better airflow and keep you cool while you sleep. On the other hand, if your pillow is causing you problems, you should opt for pillows that stay cool and help you get rid of night sweats.

Not only pillows and bed sheets, but you can actually buy cooling mattress toppers as well that will allow you to enjoy a good night’s sleep, with zero chances of night sweats and hot flashes. 

Vitamin E

If you’re not up for a hormonal treatment, you can always rely on supplements that reduce hot flash episodes by minimizing occurrences of hormonal imbalance. One of these is vitamin-E supplement, an off the counter remedy that contains estrogen, which has the ability to reduce the severity of and get rid of the hot flashes as soon as they take place.

Apart from supplements, you can take a diet rich in vitamin-E that includes almonds, spinach, avocados etc. Replacing your cooking oil with olive oil can also add to a Vitamin-E rich diet.

Herbs

Hot flashes and night sweats are a direct result of hormonal imbalance that can occur due to multiple reasons. Hormonal imbalance has been treated with herbs for long and has proved to have produced positive results. These include soy, primrose oil, aloe Vera, flax seeds, red clover, basil and lemon. Drinking two to three cups of any of these herbal tea everyday can go a long way in reducing hormonal imbalance, and in return, night sweats and hot flashes.

Well-Balanced Diet & Exercise

Needless to say, a well-balanced diet and exercise on a daily basis makes the most difference in treating every medical condition you’re experiencing. Night sweats and hot flashes, similarly can be cured by ensuring that your diet is not missing any vital components. Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals all need to be taken in recommended amounts to treat hormonal imbalance.

Similarly, exercising flushes out toxins from your body by allowing you to sweat more. It is especially important if you’re overweight, as obesity is directly linked to hormonal imbalance. A healthy lifestyle means a healthy you.

Herbal treatments are preferred for they do not take their toll on your body in the form of side effects. Since your body is going through a hefty lot of changes during menopause and chemotherapy sessions, it is just as important that you give it time to recover and for any treatment to show results, before changing medication.