From pregnancy to menopause, hot flashes can wreck a good night of sleep. Yet it doesn’t have to stay that way. I’ve got 3 natural remedies for hot flashes (or just hot nights!) that I am excited to share with you today.
Hot flashes are no joke— and they don’t just happen when you hit menopause. Mine started when I was 27 and pregnant with Clare. In the middle of the night, I would wake up drenched in sweat like I was sleeping in a sauna. I’d throw off the sheets, crank up the fan and eventually cool off and fall asleep again.
Needless to say: I don’t sleep well when I’m hot (and I love my sleep)
I’ve researched sleep remedies to help regulate body temperature, tested them on myself and wanted to share my favs here. From ancient practices to innovative technology, these remedies can cool the core body temp down and help you sleep more comfortably at night.
3 Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes
Here are three remedies for hot flashes that I use to help me sleep well at night. Based on other people’s reviews and studies, there’s a good chance they can help you too.
Use a hydro-powered mattress pad
The chiliPad is a hydro-powered mattress pad with a thermal regulating control unit. It allows me to set the mattress temperature to keep me cool all night. I set the temperature for 69° F and it will circulate water at that temperature to keep me cool. Ryan and I both use this (we each have our own temperature control) and have enjoyed staying cool all night long.
At first I thought it was a little indulgent, yet now we see the value in it. We sleep well (which is worth it right there), but we also don’t need to crank the air down so much at night.
Since using my chiliPad, my sleep has improved. This is all because chiliPad helps you get deeper sleep. There’s nothing worse than waking up ready for a nap.
Some nights, it’s been too cold and I’ve had to turn it up! The chiliPad has a fan/water pump that creates a white noise sound that helps block out night time sounds so I sleep even better.
Since I’m able to adjust the temp on the mattress pad, I can keep it on all year long and don’t have to worry about storing it in a closet somewhere during the winter months. Also, Ryan has his own temperature adjustments so he can set it cooler or warmer than my side.
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Avoid hot flash “trigger foods”
Food plays such a big role in our overall wellbeing. When it comes to hot flashes, avoiding caffeine, spicy foods, lots of sugar, and alcohol can help lessen both the number and severity of them.
Now, I know how hard this can be. When I was pregnant, it seemed like all I craved was caffeine, spicy foods… Carl’s Jr. hamburgers. Yep!
Instead of dwelling on what I shouldn’t have, I focused on the best foods to have. For pregnancy, those foods are plant-based whole foods rich in iron, protein, and folate.
For menopause, you’ll want to focus on foods that are high in plant-powered estrogen which are thought to work in the body like a weak form of estrogen. Examples of this are: chickpeas, lentils, beans, fruits and vegetables.
If you’re wanting help giving up the caffeine, alcohol and sugars, our 21-Day Plant-Based Cleanse is a great elimination diet to help you take a break from caffeine, alcohol, sugars and help with hot flashes.
Cool off with a Switchel
Sip down this refreshing apple cider vinegar beverage before bedtime. This drink has been around for ages, traced all the way back to the American colonies (17th century!), while some credit the Caribbean as its birthplace. Either way: it’s stood the test of time!
Apple cider vinegar helps with hot flashes
I love switchel because of the taste and also the health benefits of the apple cider vinegar, the star ingredient. Apple cider vinegar helps push out toxins, boost the metabolism and curb appetite. This can promote weight control, which has been shown to help with hot flashes as well.
Many women have testified that apple cider vinegar is a very effective hot flash remedy. How is that so? Well, apple cider vinegar may help remove toxins in the body, which is why it’s often used in a holistic detox. During a hot flash, your body is perspiring to remove the toxins during your menopausal period. By drinking a switchel, the severity and frequency of hot flashes can be reduced.
For me, I’ve enjoyed this switchel on a hot summer night and it is so refreshing. I’ll sip it before bed while watching a show if I’m feeling warm (usually around my period that happens).Print
Blend up this refreshing switchel recipe to help cool off, naturally. Perfect for those pregnancy hot flashes, menopausal women or just a hot summer night.
- 1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “the mother”
- 3 tablespoons honey, preferably raw
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely minced
- 1/2 Meyer lemon, peeled and sliced
- 3 1/2 cups water, chilled
- Place all ingredients, except water in the jar of a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a quart-size mason jar and add water. (If desired, instead of adding water to the jar, keep as a concentrate and dilute just before serving with still or sparkling water.)
A regular lemon can be used in place of the Meyer lemon.
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More Natural Remedies for hot flashes?
The three tips I shared in this article are just my own experience. I know others would benefits from hearing what natural remedies for hot flashes have helped you through pregnancy and/or menopause. Feel free to share below!
This article was sponsored by chiliPad and I received compensation for my participation. Opinions are my own, as always. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who support Simple Green Smoothies!