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5 thoughts on “Are cold flashes even a thing? Is Sam doing menopause wrong?”
Oooh, me me me! I have not had a hot flash, but started getting cold ones a few years ago. I get them usually in the evening when I’m tired (& stressed).
I have a heated mattress pad & crank that sucker up. Also, covering my head seems to help. Getting more sleep seems to prevent them.
But, this made me realize that I haven’t spoken to my doctors about this. I’ll mention it to my GP, who I’m seeing soon.
Fuzzy socks. If my feet are warm I can warm up. If not, nothing works.
I also oil my feet first sometimes. It’s an Ayurvedic sleep aid. Any oil works.
Electric heating pads! They’re more affordable and more portable than blankets and they warm up so fast. I turn mine on at the foot of my bed when I start the bedtime routine, and then cuddle it around my torso once I hop into bed.
I also get the colds when I’m tired. I try to use the heating pad as the incentive to get my butt in bed earlier (but that’s only so successful….)
Interesting! I’m not to menopause yet, but I also tend to struggle with temperature regulation when I’m tired. I get cold so easily. I do like heating pads, and I also use a portable “rice sock,” which I heat up and carry around on my shoulders or put on my feet when I’m in bed.
Thyroid and Canberra winters used to get me and I could not get warm without an intervention (read a hot shower) even at 2am when I woke up frozen. Now I have my thyroid levels right again, it happens less frequently as I can usually warm up in bed, rather than feeling like the doona was just keeping the cold in.
I hope that this doesn’t mean I am going to just get them again when I go through menopause. Being so cold you can’t warm up is very unpleasant, almost painful at times. I remember once I actually had to leave work at lunchtime, drive home and have a hot shower, put on jeans and a big wooly jumper and boots and then I went back to work. It wasn’t even a cold day, I was just freezing.
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