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A Cool Head For Hot Flushes

New research used to help cool hot heads during menopause, migraines or fevers.

AnnA Rushton

I know from the many women who contact me that night sweats and overheating in bed are a nightmare.  I have suggested alternatives before, but I have just come across a new one that might help some of you get a good night’s sleep.

Apparently research indicates that cooling the brain can help achieve a more restful sleep – which is the principle the gel filled pads under your pillow are based on – but now it has got better.

A recent research study conducted by Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse from the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has shown that certain triggers, like a drop in temperature, cause the brain to release chemicals which promote sleep.

An ingenious new product – the Cool Cap – utilises that latest research and has been launched by The Personal Cooling Centre.  It has an adjustable fastening and uniquely covers the whole head and its specially formulated cooling gel will help you fall asleep faster and more easily.  Hopefully it will also keep you cool enough to overcome those hot flushes and night sweats.  For even greater relief they suggest you put it in the fridge before use – not, please note, the freezer!

Not only menopausal women could benefit from this, but also anyone suffering from insomnia and fever from colds or flu.  Apparently it can also be beneficial for migraine sufferers as they could also benefit from the cooling effects of the Cool Cap as lower temperatures help dilated blood vessels constrict, lessening blood flow to the head and reducing pressure on the nerves.

For additional benefit they suggest you keep it in the fridge, and although it won’t make you look like sleeping beauty – style isn’t it’s strongest feature – hopefully you will be cool enough not to care. .

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AnnA Rushton | 12:08 pm, September 20th, 2015

Sheron Unfortunately you are not alone as we are hearing from an increasing number of women who are experiencing menopause symptoms well post menopause. A recent study has shown that a much higher proportion of ‘older’ women (average age 59 in this study) than was expected still suffer from hot flashes and night sweats, well after menopause is assumed to be over.

Post-menopause if oestrogen dominance is still present from being overweight or exposed to other forms of oestrogen through the diet or environmentally then that can increase flushes. Also other factors can be at work, particularly stress – as you mentioned – or anxiety as these definitely affect your overall hormone balance.  

With such severe flushes a combination cream with progesterone and a small amount of oestrogen is usually best and tackling the stress is an important step. You might find this link of interest:

Nancy Peardon | 5:40 pm, August 25th, 2012

Hi Anna,
I’m Nancy. I created the Hot Flash Pillow, a soft, versatile, all natural freezer-stored icing pillow, that delivers exquisite relief to sufferers of insomnia, hot flashes, migraines, and more. The pillow is pliable, drapes or molds around the neck, head, or wherever else cold is desired, releases cold evenly, and stays cold for 30 minutes, long enough to fall asleep. The filling is a dry, odorless naturally-occurring ingredient, Hot Flash Pillows are assembled in the U.S.A. and made to last. The pillow is attractive and the outer pillowcase is washable. The customer reviews have been positively stellar. Available for $29.95 plus s & h.

Rafaella | 3:08 pm, February 11th, 2012

Useful deitals! I have already been looking for something similar to this for a little bit now. Bless you!

wellsprings | 4:26 pm, November 17th, 2011

Thank you for letting us know about this Wendy, we like to have information on ways to help women cope with night sweats.

Wendy Collett | 1:02 pm, November 17th, 2011

Hi Anna,
I wanted to let you know about Dry Babe – this is a company I started after dealing with night sweats for many years and getting no relief from either a garment, potion or lotion. We make fun & flirty sleepwear that works by absorbing moisture directly from the skin. I and my customers sleep well through the night and are no longer bothered by night sweats. We are about to come out with new styles in time for the holiday season. If you would like to sample Dry Babe with the view to possibly writing about it, we would greatly appreciate it –

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