hot flashes & night sweat tip--worked for me

tommaseena Member Posts: 1,769
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
The following worked for me and just passing on because it might help someone else.

If I ate chocolate or had caffeine in the afternoon or evening then the night sweats were worse--cut that out and was more tolerable.

I could not stand waking up at night and the cotton sheets were totally drenched so I bought a pair of jersey material sheets and seems to help--they soak up the wetness and doesn't feel like the sheets just came out of the washing machine. I have been sleeping better with the jersey sheets.

Also during the day I sometimes use the neck wraps that you can soak in cold water and throw it in the freezer for 15-30 minutes and then wrap it around your neck. Keeps you cool.

Hope this helps some ladies who are either going through regular menopause or chemo induce menopause.

Hugs to all,


  • jk1952
    jk1952 Member Posts: 613
    For everyone who is going

    For everyone who is going through menopause, or perimenopause, there is a great book on the topic written by Dr. Susan Love. She is the author of the 'bible' on breast cancer that I used for good reliable information when I was diagnosed in 2000. Dr. Love struggled as she was going through menopause and decided to learn everything she could about it and then wrote "Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices". My surgeon had a copy of it in her waiting room, and I had to wait so long that I was able to read most of the chapters of interest to me.

  • Kat11
    Kat11 Member Posts: 1,931 Member
    Thanks for the advice. I did the neck thing with a cold wash cloth durning the day. It works great or I would not get anything done. Can't stand to be hot.
  • lynn1950
    lynn1950 Member Posts: 2,570
    Margo, thanks for your thoughtful post and for taking the time on birthday party day. Hope all goes well. Lynn
  • Akiss4me
    Akiss4me Member Posts: 2,188
    Thanks Margo
    I will put this into my book of tricks & tips!! :) Pammy