The clothes you wear can help you stop hot flashes -- or start them. If you want to gain control over your body, control every aspect of it. Start with the items you wear on that body every single day.
The reality of hot flashes
Causes and triggers of hot flashes are everywhere. Hot coffee, alcohol, spicy food, even simple stress can suddenly, unexpectedly, trigger an uncomfortable hot flashes. A natural part of menopause, hot flashes affect up to 80% of all women who experience this hormonal change. And they’re miserable. Hot flashes can occur at any time, even at night when you’re sleeping (hormonal night sweats). A single hot flash can wreck your makeup, your hair…your self-confidence. One moment you’re cool and fresh. Five minutes later, you’re standing in a puddle of sweat.
Many different treatments to stop hot flashes are out there, but they don’t all work for all women. The most effective remedy for hot flashes is, by far, hormone replacement therapy. Because HRT is associated with increased cancer risk, many women understandably shy away from this medical option. Vitamin supplements mimic the natural estrogen your body is lacking to treat menopause symptoms, but many women still need to do more to stop hot flashes.
Clothes and hot flashes
Clothes make the temperature. Everyone knows that before you step out on a cold winter’s day, you’ve got to wear lots of warm layers to trap your heat. On a hot summer day, you strip down to expose skin because the last thing you want to do is hold in the heat. You dress for weather, and when you go through menopause you have to start dressing for hot flashes, too.
Stop wearing polyester and synthetic fabrics, especially in the clothing you wear to bed. Instead, start wearing light, thin garments made from natural cotton and wool. Natural fabrics breathe to create cooling air flow around the skin. Keep your clothing lightweight and loose-fitting around your body. Tight, restrictive clothing that fits right against the skin will only make you feel hotter and make sweat much more noticeable when hot flashes strike.
It’s still a good idea to dress in layers. Wear lots of light clothing that you can take off bit by bit as hot flashes occur. Loose, blousy clothing is trendy and fashionable, but lots of women are afraid to wear it because they don’t want to look heavy. Stick to light colors, and trust short, backless and low-cut creations to show off your figure.