Are you postmenopausal and seem to get a hot flash every morning the moment you get out of bed?
This isn’t your imagination; you truly do experience a hot flash with its typical feeling of being overheated, accompanied by sweat ranging from vague to a moist film over your skin.
I’m postmenopausal and frequently have a hot flash just moments after I exit my bed.
In fact, sometimes it starts before I actually exit. When I awaken, I like to ease my way out of bed rather than abruptly exit.
As I’m easing out, the hot flash comes on – a mild one, as they all are.
Or, if I need to relieve myself in the middle of the night, a hot flash comes on literally within seconds after exiting my bed, and accompanies me while I’m on the toilet.
What common sense recommends, if these incidents are uncomfortable, is to have a fan lightly running towards your bed overnight.
This way, as the hot flash unfolds, you will already be in the path of a gentle breeze.
You may also want to lower the temperature of your room a few degrees before going to bed.
If the hot flash really roasts you, soak a sponge with cold water and wipe it all over your body. This will feel quite refreshing.
If the situation is really uncomfortable, you should consult with your OBGYN for additional ways to manage the occurrences.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.