Hot flushes are one of the most commonly experienced symptoms of menopause. Characterised by a sudden feeling of heat in the upper body, they may start in the face, neck or chest before spreading. The exact reason they happen is unknown, but it is thought to be linked to changing oestrogen levels. During a hot flush, your body temperature does not actually rise: your brain only perceives that it has, and so responds by telling your body to sweat.
Experiencing hot flashes are often uncomfortable, and are sometimes accompanied by feelings of dizziness. They can also cause difficulties in sleeping. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce discomfort through strategic changes to lifestyle and diet.