Everyone has heard of hot flashes, but cold flashes? Yes, men and women of all ages can experience cold flashes at any time of the day, although they mostly occur during the night. Exactly what are they, why do they occur, and what can be done about them? Read on to find out.
Cold Flashes Symptoms and Causes
Cold flashes are characterized by sudden and intense feeling of cold, which is often accompanied with shivering. This unpleasant condition can hit at any time, although the ‘sudden chills’ often occur during the night. They can be so intense that the shivering may wake people up from a deep sleep.
Cold flashes usually occur as a result of hormonal imbalance. That’s why women suffer from sudden chills more often than men – especially women in menopause. For this reason, if you are over 45, a woman, and you experience sudden cold flashes often, talk to your doctor – you may be going into menopause.
However, cold flashes can and most certainly do happen to men as well – the underlying cause could be hormonal imbalance, anxiety or even a brain injury.
Cold Flashes Home Remedies
Whatever the reason for your sudden cold flashes, the good news is that there’s a lot you can do to prevent them or relieve the symptoms. Here are the most effective home remedies you can try out today.
Relax and Sleep More
Menopause, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalance – whatever the cause of your sudden chills, the best way to relieve the symptoms is to relax and sleep more and stop over-stressing yourself. Take daily naps, long warm baths, read your favorite books – whatever floats your boat, as long as you’re relaxing.
Drink Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has great health benefits: it’s loaded with antioxidants, can improve sleep quality, relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. This is all great news for those suffering from cold flashes, so make sure you drink up your chamomile tea daily – preferably before going to sleep.
Exercise is a perfect way to boost your general health and well-being, fight depression, anxiety and mood disorders, and improve your blood circulation. All of this can greatly help reduce the symptoms of cold flashes, so make sure you exercise every- or every other day. You can choose any activity you enjoy, from weight training and jogging, to biking and playing tennis – what’s important is to exercise regularly.