Tips for Surviving Hot Flashes This Summer

Hot flashes and night sweats are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. They can occur all year round, but summer can be an especially difficult time to deal with them. If you’re experiencing low hormone levels, taking some steps to manage your hot flashes can help you enjoy your summer to its fullest. Here are some ways to manage hot flashes during the summer months, as well as how our intimate health providers can help you feel your best.

Choose Appropriate Clothing

Hot flashes can come on suddenly, so choosing the right clothing can help you feel better. Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows good airflow to keep you cooler. It should also be easy to remove if needed. Avoid tight and compressive clothing that can trap heat and block air.

Adjust Your Food and Drink Choices

Alcohol and caffeine can worsen hot flashes, especially at night. Enjoy these in moderation, as well as spicy foods, which can worsen the feeling of heat. Throughout the day, drink plenty of cold water to keep you cool.

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Hot flashes and night sweats can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, negatively impacting your physical and mental health. Practice good sleep hygiene to facilitate better rest, such as exercising at least 30 minutes a day (make sure to avoid overheating) and set a stable bedtime. Keep your bedroom climate-controlled and use a fan to create air circulation.

Be Mindful

Hot flashes can be stressful, especially when they already impact your ability to get restful sleep – and a stress response can make hot flashes worse. Work with a mental health professional to manage your stress levels, and practice mindfulness or breathing exercises during hot flashes to keep calm and cool.

Stay Cool

A few steps can help you stay cool in the moment, such as keeping plenty of ice packs in your freezer and putting one under your pillow when you get night sweats. A cool, damp towel on your face or neck can help cool you down, as well as a small, portable fan. If you’re outside, take a small spray bottle of water with you to mist yourself if you experience any hot flashes.

Consult an Intimate Health Provider

Hot flashes are most effectively treated by addressing the underlying cause – low hormones. Our intimate health providers can help you learn more about hormone therapy and how it can restore healthy hormone levels, reducing hot flashes and many other symptoms.

Hormone Therapy at Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics

To learn more about hormone therapy and menopause treatment, contact our office and schedule a consultation. We conveniently serve the greater Queens, NY and Long Island areas.

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