Is it hot in here?
How to use Air Conditioning to manage hot flashes and night sweats.
If you are menopausal, you already know that the hormonal changes can wreak havoc with your ability to stay cool and comfortable. Hot flashes can raise your skin temperature by 5 to 7 degrees. While your core body temperature doesn’t rise, a hot flash can make you feel like you are tossed into a hot oven. Responsible use of an air conditioner may bring you considerable relief from hot flashes and may prevent night sweats.
What is responsible use of air conditioning?
Running your air conditioner when the temperatures soar and turning it off when temperatures drop may provide relief from hot flashes and night sweats,
How do you prevent hot flashes and night sweats without causing heat intolerance?
Set your air conditioning thermostat to the highest level that does not cause you to have hot flashes. Begin at 78 degrees. If you continue to have hot flashes at this temperature, drop the thermostat to 76. Monitor your body’s reaction and adjust the thermostat as necessary until you discover the most comfortable setting for you. Because everyone is different, you may need to set your thermostat higher or lower than other friends who are prone to hot flashes. This temperature typically reduces hot flashes during the day and prevents night sweats while sleeping. You may need to adjust the thermostat slightly to determine the most comfortable sleeping temperature.
Additional ways to avoid developing heat intolerance include:
- Use the AC only when you need it
- Run the air conditioner at a higher setting and use directional fans to keep your body cool
- Turn the AC off and open windows at night when it cools off outside
- Prepare yourself for going outside by raising the thermostat gradually or turning it off half an hour before you go out.
How do you control hot flashes and night sweats without freezing your partner?
You may find that your partner or other family members feel chilly when you are in control of the thermostat. You will need to do your part to quell hot flashes and night sweats by other methods, too. Try these tips for staying cool and comfortable.
- Wear lightweight breathable clothing, such as cotton to whisk moisture away from the body
- Dress in layers so you can remove a layer when a hot flash strikes
- Keep a small fan on your desk, beside your bed or in your sitting area
- Drink cold drinks, like decaffeinated tea or fruit juices
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid spicy foods
- Take a cool shower before bedtime
- Use a chill pillow for sleeping
Air conditioning can bring relief from hot flashes and night sweats, but it probably won’t stop them completely. Monitoring your symptoms and identifying your triggers will make them easier to control. While excessive heat is known to trigger hot flashes, so is anxiety, hot beverages, caffeine and spicy foods.
Think of air conditioning as one tool for increasing your comfort and decreasing annoying hot flashes and night sweats.
For your air conditioning needs call Enviro-Tech MS 01642 555471
Study by Mac Hannison