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Are Hot Flashes Affected by Diet?

By Courtney Sant On February 1, 2017 No Comments

hotflashdietCJHot flashes can be caused by a number of things, from menopause to medication. If you’re experiencing the discomfort of hot flashes during the day or even while you’re sleeping in bed at night, you may be wondering if there are ways to help ward off these pesky symptoms. Many people believe that hot flashes can be controlled by changing your diet, but is there any medical proof to back up this thought?

As a matter of fact, many studies show that your diet does, in fact, affect your hot flashes, their severity, and how often you have them. Women in areas like Greece and Japan hardly complain about hot flashes at all, and scientists believe that it is because of their very specific way of dining that they’re

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Why is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Used for Menopause?

By Courtney Sant On December 30, 2016 No Comments

Women going through menopause are often afflicted with a number of uncomfortable side effects, and in some cases, they can also be affected by bone loss, and other, more serious changes. In order to prevent these side effects, some doctors may recommend menopausal hormone therapy, a treatment that some medical professionals say can relieve menopausal symptoms and even out a woman’s declining hormone levels.

Normally, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)involves doses of estrogen alone, estrogen plus progesterone, or estrogen plus progestin. The hormones used in these treatments aren’t the ones naturally produced by a woman’s body, but are rather taken from plants or animals or grown in a laboratory. Menopausal hormone therapy is administered via a pill, a skin patch, or even a cream. All of these official treatments are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but because some people believe that HRT causes cancer, there are also “bio-identical hormones,” which

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The Best Sleepwear for Night Sweats

By Courtney Sant On November 17, 2016 No Comments

Anyone who’s ever suffered from night sweats knows how uncomfortable it is to wake up in the middle of the night soaking wet. Even after you get up and change your clothes, it’s difficult to fall back to sleep, setting you up for a rough morning.

Fortunately, Cool-jams™ makes the perfect pair of pajamas for those plagued with night sweats, and with a variety of styles and colors, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your style and keeps you comfortable throughout the night.

Cool-jams™ bestseller is its Moisture-Wicking Babydoll Nightgown and for good reason. Its cute style is flattering with a hem just above the knee and a sleeveless top, and the breathable fabric makes it the perfect choice for a good night’s sleep.

But it’s not just looks that make this nightgown so popular, it’s our innovative technology and moisture-wicking properties that keep night sweats at bay. The scientifically

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Tips to Relieve Nightsweats and Get Better Sleep

By Courtney Sant On November 7, 2016 No Comments

nightsweatsreliefDreaded night sweats can make bedtime miserable. No one wants to wake up from a sound sleep drenched in sweat, their pajamas and bedding soaking wet. Night sweats are common among menopausal women, and can also occur due to a number of medical conditions.

Experts say one of the easiest ways to help rid of night sweats is to keep your room cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Sleep.org, which is affiliated with the National Sleep Foundation, suggests keeping ice water and a washcloth near your bed so you can cool off quickly if you wake up sweating.

Even if you have the perfect sleep environment to keep night sweats at bay, here are a few additional suggestions to follow before hitting the sack. Try limiting spicy food, alcohol and nicotine, which can potentially trigger night sweats, according to WebMD.

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Tips to Keep Hot Flashes at Bay

By Courtney Sant On August 16, 2016 No Comments

Cool it Down: Tips to Keep Hot Flashes at Bay

Let’s face it: hot flashes during menopause are pretty much inevitable. They occur when the body produces a sudden rush of adrenaline and are often accompanied by excessive sweating and rapid heartbeat. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do to help keep your hot flashes in check. Temperature control solutions, such as purchasing a pair of cooling pajamas or running an air conditioner, are essential to helping the body keep cool during sudden onset hot flashes. Here are some more great ideas:

  • Grab a pair of pajamas for menopause — Menopause-friendly clothing is especially helpful for women who have severe hot flashes and nights sweats. Our moisture-wicking menopause pajamas are built with proprietary fabric that keeps your body cool and dry throughout the night.
  • Try out cooling bedding — Temperature-regulated bedding, especially cooling sheets, are a simple
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Insomnia and Menopause

By Courtney Sant On August 13, 2016 No Comments

Insomnia During Menopause and Perimenopause

If you’re going through menopause, you may have noticed that your body is having a more difficult time than usual getting to sleep and staying asleep. That’s in part because your body is reducing the production of the vital sleep-producing hormones estrogen and progesterone. Additionally, the menopausal body regularly releases random surges of adrenaline, which can limit your ability to calm the brain enough to get back to sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation found that insomnia often occurs during perimenopause, the period of transition into menopause. That means that insomnia is one of the earliest signs of menopause, usually experienced by women in their late 30s and 40s. Another common culprit of menopause-related insomnia is hot flashes. These surges of adrenaline produce sweat and create a change in temperature that can pull you out of sleep and affect your ability to fall asleep early in the night.

Dealing

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Natural Tips to Staying Healthy During Menopause

By Courtney Sant On April 20, 2016 No Comments

menopausehealthtipsMenopause can be a difficult time even for the healthiest women. Fluctuating levels of estrogen can lead to other health concerns, and those dreaded hot flashes are not only uncomfortable and annoying — they can also affect sleep patterns. Low estrogen can lead to bone loss, with the risk of osteoporosis. It also causes skin changes, since it affects the body’s collagen, and tooth and gum changes, as it affects connective tissue. However, there are things you can do to counter these effects and stay healthy during menopause — even without resorting to hormone replacement therapy and other medications.

Fight Menopause Symptoms with Diet and Exercise
Watching your diet and engaging in regular aerobic exercise can have a profound effect on menopausal symptoms. WebMD offers nutritional recommendations for

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Nonprescription Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes

By Courtney Sant On April 18, 2016 No Comments

naturalremedieshotflashesAmong the many symptoms of menopause, hot flashes can be among the most debilitating, as it can be very uncomfortable and may keep you from getting restful sleep. Hormonal replacement therapy is often used to combat menopausal symptoms, but there are non-prescription natural remedies as well that can reduce the occurrence and severity of hot flashes and provide uninterrupted sleep.

Herbs and Vitamins for Treating Hot Flashes and Cooling the Body
Black Cohosh is frequently used in Europe to treat hot flashes and other symptoms caused by menopause. Sage provides relief, as does red clover. Evening Primrose Oil has a cooling effect, and it can also be used as a sleep aid. Vitamin C and Vitamin E both reduce the frequency of hot flashes.

Avoid “Trigger Foods” and Other Substances

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5 Lifestyle Changes to Get Better Sleep During Menopause

By Courtney Sant On April 13, 2016 No Comments

menopausesleepBefore you take hormonal replacement drugs or other prescription medications, try the natural way to a good night’s sleep during menopause. Symptoms that can occur include uncomfortable hot flashes, insomnia, mood disorders and sleep apnea. Sleep problems can also lead to depression and anxiety, which exacerbates the problem.

Certain lifestyle changes may reduce hot flashes and alleviate insomnia for a better night’s sleep.

Menopause and Exercise
Scientific findings differ on whether aerobic exercise reduces hot flashes, but it does seem to have a positive effect on sleep quality, depression and insomnia. Some women may experience fewer hot flashes at night, or at least reduced sleep disturbance for other reasons. Do not do any rigorous exercise within a few hours of bedtime.

A Well-Balanced Diet for A Good Night’s Sleep During Menopause

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Menopause and Sleep Disorders

By Courtney Sant On March 30, 2016 No Comments

Menopause certainly comes with some inconvenient symptoms, but the sleep issues that accompany this transition can often become the most tiresome (literally). Fortunately, there are some things you can do to combat the sleeping problems that tend to develop during this transitional stage of life. Learn more about what sleep issues to expect and how to alleviate them.

Insomnia

Women experiencing menopause may experience insomnia. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways, whether it’s difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, waking up too early in the morning or just feeling tired regardless of how much sleep you got the night before.

Snoring

It’s something no one likes to hear, but you may be more likely to snore post-menopause. This can also be disturbing to your sleep patterns. In addition, it’s important to keep in mind that severe snoring can be linked to serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Hot Flashes

Estrogen

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