Hot flushes, as well as night sweats, are the most common symptoms of 'the change of life'. Three out of 4 menopausal women get them and the malfunction they trigger in your body's temperature control system is a key cause of disrupted sleep. Medically known as 'vasomotor' symptoms, their intensity may vary, but commonly include:
- A feeling of rapidly increasing heat
- Excessive sweating
- Red flushing of the face and neck
It's all a result of falling levels of the hormone oestrogen. Hot flushes do go away, but how long that takes varies. Some go on for months or years, while others can linger for over a decade.