Dressing in layers, keeping cool and avoiding known triggers are among the lifestyle strategies you can try for hot flash relief.
You may be able to reduce the intensity and severity of your hot flashes by controlling your physical environment or adopting certain behaviors.
Since ambient temperatures may affect how frequent and severe your hot flashes are, keeping your environment — and your body — cool may help.
To keep from overheating, try these tips:
Certain behavioral strategies also might be worth a try:
Paced respiration and relaxation exercises work best with proper instruction. Ask your doctor for recommendations on where to learn more.
Studies on acupuncture have had mixed results. When compared with no treatment, acupuncture seems to improve hot flashes, but when compared with sham acupuncture, no benefit is noted. Acupuncture has few side effects or risks when performed by a trained acupuncturist, and it may help some women. More research is needed, though.
Hypnosis — useful for managing medical conditions such as pain, anxiety and insomnia — may relieve hot flashes by reducing anxiety and stress. Preliminary studies provide limited but promising evidence that hypnosis may work to relieve hot flashes. Research into this potential therapy continues.