Great Balls of Fire: Menopause Can Cause Misery
Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems and no more periods. You knew the hormonal rollercoaster was coming but you didn’t expect to be this miserable.
Most women expect the hot flashes and night sweats that accompany menopause (80 percent of women going through menopause have them) to disappear after a year or two. But a new study found that they can last seven years on average (Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, published in JAMA Internal Medicine). Some women may have the hot flashes that are followed by a drenching sweat for 11 years or more. No matter how long hot flashes last, they can wreak havoc with quality of sleep.
There are some things you can do to get better shuteye, according to CHI Health Obstetrician/Gynecologist Gina Harper-Harrison, MD:
- Keep the bedroom cool. The best temperature is 65 degrees.
- Don't take hot baths or showers before you head to bed.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bed.
- Learn other self-help strategies. These include deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness.
- Seek solutions with your healthcare provider.
For more, visit CHIhealth.com/MenopauseTired