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How Hot Flashes Affect Sleep

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What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes (also called night sweats when they happen at night) involve a sudden rise in body temperature and may occur with:

  • Flushing

  • Sweating

  • Chills

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Anxiety

Up to 3 out of 4 of women have hot flashes during perimenopause, the period leading up to menopause. 

How do race and ethnicity affect hot flashes?

  • Hot flashes last several years longer for Black and Hispanic women than other racial and ethnic groups.

  • People from certain racial and ethnic groups are also more likely than white people to experience poor sleep — and the resulting health effects.

How do hot flashes affect sleep?

hot flashes → disrupted sleep → long term sleep problems → other health problems

In one study, more than 4 out of 10 perimenopausal women reported experiencing sleep problems, with symptoms getting worse as they got closer to menopause.

What does sleep loss caused by hot flashes do to the body?

Help is available for hot flashes and sleep loss

Are hot flashes and/or sleep loss affecting your ability to enjoy life — or simply to function?

Jot down a detailed list of symptoms to bring to your healthcare provider (HCP). If you feel you’re not getting the help you need, seek out a menopause and/or sleep specialist.

This resource was created with support from Astellas.

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