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Nelly sure got it right when he sang “It’s gettin hot in here (so hot). So take off all your clothes”. Do you think he was singing about menopausal women? Because I think he has pretty much described my nocturnal moments of hotness. And I don’t mean of the sexual variety! I mean the dreaded hot flushes (or flashes)!
Now that the nights are colder and I tend to rug up a bit more for bed I am finding that I’m having more hot flushes during the night. 12 o’clock I kick off the extra blanket, 2.00am I push the doona down to my waist, 4.00am I’m tossing off the sweaty pajama top and 5.00am I wake up freezing cold! There is a definite pattern forming.
Seriously I have tried every natural remedy available; those over-the-counter tablets such as Remifemin, evening primrose oil , black cohosh, red clover, soy linseed breads and wild yam cream. I can tell you NONE OF THEM WORK!
So after very stubbornly putting up with this condition for the past two years, I decided to visit my GP and I have finally succumbed to HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Yes HRT, which I have always rigorously blacklisted because I feel that we should let nature take its course. How could I have been so stupid?
I have seen some of my friends suffering from this condition. I was having coffee with one of them and I saw the redness surge up from her chest to her neck and then to her face! She was the colour of a raspberry! They say having a hot drink can sometimes bring it on.
Another friend of mine can only sleep in her summer pajamas all year round because the flannelette ones are way to warm. Others carry around a dainty little fan in their handbags so they can ‘fan away’ when they feel a power surge coming on!
Apparently hot flushes are linked to changes in oestrogen levels, but exactly why fluctuating levels of oestrogen would cause hot flushes is not clear.
One theory is that oestrogen interacts with the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin appears to control mood and there are some links between the system that controls mood and the process that regulates temperature, which could help to explain hot flushes.
Apart from HRT there are some things you can try to help alleviate hot flushes, such as:
As for me, I am waiting for the HRT medication to do its thing and take away my ‘nights of hotness’. Fingers crossed I will be having an entire 8 hours of blissful uninterrupted sleep – the first time in two years. I can’t wait!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.