Q: Night sweats are making it hard for me to get a good night’s sleep. How can I cool off my hot flashes?

Expert Jennifer Cook, Executive Editor, Good Housekeeping explains how to get a good night's sleep again.

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Jenny says: As you probably know, flashes are triggered by fluctuating estrogen levels. Hormone therapy does help, but you and your doctor need to review your history and other health issues – such as family history of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes or blood clots – to determine whether you’re a candidate or not. When I checked with Donna Arand, Ph.D., clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Dayton, OH, about supplements, she told me that although various kinds have been looked at, their benefits haven’t really held up in studies. She suggests keeping your bedroom cool, using layers of light covers (so you can strip down if necessary), and wearing PJ’s made from a fabric that draws moisture away from your body. Also, Arand says, try a ceiling fan, which many of her patients find really helpful.

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