Approximately 80% of women in menopause suffer from hot flashes. Decreased hormonal levels affect the central thermoregulation system in your brain, which lead to hot flashes. During a hot flash, the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate, which causes a sudden heat wave, usually over the face, neck and chest. Your body may start to sweat to cool down, and you may also experience accelerated heartbeats or chills following the heat wave.
Hot flashes with sweating can also happen during the night. These are called night sweats, which will often interfere with your sleep and cause you to wake up.
As mentioned, most women in menopause suffer from hot flashes, but you can control and ease your symptoms. Reduce stress, exercise, manage your diet and, most of all, balance your hormonal system, which will help you to manage these heat waves during the day and night.