Hot flushes can be triggered by certain food and drink – including spicy foods, tea, coffee and alcohol – so you may want to avoid or limit these.
It’s also important to ensure that you are drinking enough water (the current recommendation is six-to-eight glasses per day). You may also find having cold drinks can help you to cope with hot flushes.
You should maintain a healthy weight or take steps to lose weight if you need to. Keeping active and eating a healthy, balanced diet will help with this.
If you currently smoke, you should try to stop as this can also reduce hot flushes.
Keep your room cool. For example, you can open windows or use a fan. It may also help if you wear layers of thin clothing or use layers of bedding so that you can remove them if you get too hot. If you are able to, choose natural fabrics such as cotton or silk for clothing and bedding.
Some people find it helpful to keep a record of when they have hot flushes. You can track what you have been doing when the hot flushes happen so that you can learn what triggers them. This enables you to avoid these triggers in the future.