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Hot Flashes at Night? Options to Help Keep You Cool

By Michele Blacksberg RN HERWriter
 
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Summer is coming. Those of us who have hot flashes at night are dreading the change in weather. Waking up with your hair stuck to the pillow, or needing an entire change of pajamas is not conducive to a restful night’s sleep.

Hot flashes that occur during menopause are due to changing estrogen and progesterone levels. However, there are several other medical conditions that can also cause hot flashes such as breast cancer treatment or immune disorders.

Mild hot flashes may only cause a sudden feeling of heat and a red flush. However, more severe ones can cause night sweats that drench you and your bedclothes.

While there are medical options that try and balance hormone swings, these ideas below are direct attempts to combat hot flash fatigue from lack of sleep. Links to all these products are at the end of this article.

Cool Pajamas

Pam Stephan from About.com reviewed three brands of wicking sleepwear: Cooljams, Dry Dreams (Drinights) and Wildbleu. She also tried Dreamsacks (Yala Designs), which are made out of bamboo fiber and are naturally wicking and environmentally friendly.

If you search the web, there are even more brands available, such as Haralee and NiteSweatz. Pam liked each of the brands she tried, each for different reasons, so you may need to determine your own personal preference.

Wicking sleepwear claims to work by using high performance fabric that wicks away moisture from your skin to keep you drier. Some of the brands also have men’s pajamas. Prices range from $50 to $100 dollars, though they often have PJs on sale for less.

Cool Sheets

Cool sheets are made from a specially engineered fabric that allows them to absorb heat and moisture, then release it when your body cools down. Many of the companies that sell cool pajamas also sell cool sheets.

Cool sheet pricing sell for $125 a set and up. If your budget is limited, maybe just buying cool pillowcases at about $25 at Wildbleu, or a cool mattress pad for $120 from Cooljams are an option.

Cool Pillows

Temperature regulating pillows are also sold by many of the companies selling cool sheets.

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Alexander Sophia

Menopause can be an amazing time in your life. When it comes to those nasty hot flashes, there are some things you can do to fight back.

May 6, 2013 - 11:11pm
Michele Blacksberg RN HERWriter

Women can get hot flashes for several reasons and not everyone is able to take estrogen due to other medical conditions.  I mentioned that “there are medical options that try and balance hormone swings” but it was not the intent of this article to discuss that.  

Thanks for reminding women to investigate their hormone levels with their doctor.  

 

May 6, 2013 - 3:58pm
Menopause Moxie

As an RN, I'm surprised you didn't recommend to optimize hormone levels but instead you recommended fans and pajamas? Hot flashes don't occur when there are fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels. Women get hot flashes and night sweats because their estrogen has tanked. If you restore the hormones to optimal levels, women would get rid of the hot flashes and night sweats altogether.

May 6, 2013 - 3:13pm
Haralee

Thanks for the shout -out about my sleepwear for women having night sweats at Haralee.Com. We make cool garments for Hot women! For EmpowHer readers, 15% off with promo code: Mother

May 6, 2013 - 1:33pm
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