Dr Oz did a segment on Night Sweats and Hot Flashes, because all women want to know how to get comfortable at night and how to avoid feeling clammy. What causes Night Sweats? What are the latest Hot Flash Products? This is a must-read for any peri-menopausal or menopausal women (and their husbands!).
Dr Oz: What Causes Night Sweats
Dr Oz said that your brain is the organ that is responsible for Night Sweats. The Hypothalamus portion of your brain is charged with regulating your temperature by sending messages to your Pituitary Gland. However, the Hypothalamus is dependent on Estrogen and so, if your estrogen levels are fluctuating, your brain does not know if you are too hot or too cold. If the Hypothalamus does not “tell” the Pituitary Gland that you are too hot or too cold, the body does not adjust in the way that it should.
Dr Oz: Hot Flash Triggers
- Exercise before bed
- Spicy food
- Anxiety & Anger – Dr Oz said that in Peri-Menopause, you have less Progesterone, which is like a natural Valium in your body. So when your Progesterone levels go down, little things bother and irritate you more.
Dr Oz said that there are two other reasons that you could have Hot Flashes that have nothing to do with Peri-Menopause. One reason is weight loss along with Night Sweats, which could be an early sign of Cancer. The second reason is Diabetes.
Dr Oz: Flaxseed Powder & Oil for Night Sweats
Dr Oz said that Flaxseed Powder and Flaxseed Oil have been shown to turn on Estrogen Receptors just enough so that they stay calm and reduce your Hot Flashes.
Dr Oz: Licorice Root Extract for Hot Flashes
Dr Oz said that one study showed that Licorice Root Extract significantly reduces your Hot Flashes. You can add just a few drops of Licorice Root Extract to your cup of tea and potentially see an improvement.
Dr Oz: Wicking Sheets for Hot Flashes
Dr Oz showed a great product called Wicking Sheets, which really helps with Hot Flashes at night. The Wicking Sheets actually suck the moisture off of your body and dry you off quickly – plus they dry off fast so that you do not sleep on wet or damp sheets for the rest of the night!
Dr Oz: Cooling Blanket for Hot Flashes
Dr Oz showed another product called a Cooling Blanket which is thermo-regulated and made of fibers that absorb the heat from your body.
Dr Oz: Bed Cooling System for Night Sweats
The final product for Hot Flashes shown by Dr Oz is called a Bed Cooling System. It basically places a fan at the foot of your bed and blows air under your sheets so that your side of the bed stays nice and cool, while your husband’s side stays warm. This way you do not have to open the window in the middle of the night and make your husband freeze.
In the comments section below, give other Dr. Oz Show viewers your feedback on the ideas above and your own tried and true methods of living comfortably with Hot Flashes and Night Sweats.