Can Relaxation Therapy Reduce Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?

April 29, 2013 2 min read

Good news for night sweat and hot flash sufferers. Recent research has shown that women trained in relaxation therapy like meditation and yoga were able to reduce their menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats by 50%.
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Researchers at  Linkoping University Hospital found that healthy  women who received treatment for moderate to severe menopause symptoms occurring at least 50 times a week  were  assigned to two groups. One group received 10 sessions of group relaxation therapy training and the other  group received no therapy.

The therapy taught participants a technique to get the body's muscle groups to relax as well as special breathing techniques. All of the participants in therapy group were given exercises to practice  at home.  The goal was for them to teach the participants to use the techniques on their own so they would in turn be able to better manage their menopausal symptoms.

During the duration of the study and for three months post,  the women kept a record of their night sweats and hot flashes.  Additionally they took three quality of life surveys during the 3 month period and  were asked to submit a saliva sample to check their stress hormone cortisol levels.

The study, published in the journal Menopause, found that  women in the therapy group reduced the number of hot flashes and night sweats per day from an average of 9.1 to 4.4; and it remained at that number for three months after the last therapy session. The numbers in the control group also decreased, but from 9.7 to 7.8, the study said.

In summary, in addition to using natural night sweat remedies like Cool-jams, you might consider relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga to help control your night sweats and hot flashes.