Advice re.nightime hot flushes.(Coolmax bedding any good?)

Grumpysally
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edited 26 February 2016 at 10:17AM in Over 50s MoneySaving
I'm being beset by the dreaded hot flushes that afflict 'ladies of a certain age'
Combined with my memory foam mattress I am having very sleepless nights.
( other reasons are contributing to not getting back to sleep but the hot flushes trigger the waking )
I seem to spend the night cycling through: too cold; put on bed socks, warm enough; take off bed socks, TOO HOT; throw off duvet, scrabble for light blanket. TOO COLD; throw off blanket, find duvet, ALARM CLOCK!!!!!!!!! "Noooooo!:eek:"
I'm on a memory foam mattress which I know won't help, but Im stuck with it. I have a summer weight down / feather duvet, I have cotton bedding and the room is unheated.

The matress came with a built in coolmax cover, but I've been using an ordinay mattress protector on top of that because the whole thing has to be unzipped from the mattress and then man handled back once washed, which is not an easy thing to do due to the weight of the mattress,and the bed is in quite a restricted space under the eaves. ( No, I'm not the mad wife in the attic, not yet anyway )
Can anyone offer any advice?
I am tempted to buy some Coolmax bedding, but it is quite pricey and I don't want to make an expensive mistake. Has anyone tried it? Which item would you recomend?
If I hadn't just bought my duvet, I would have given the duvet a try, athough I'm guessing that would be rendered useless without a Coolmax duvet cover.
I'm thinking along the lines of starting with a flatsheet, which gives me the option of having it as a bottom sheet or a top sheet under the duvet.

Any suggestions for night clothes? I'd thought about the sportswear coolmax type garments but the all seem to be close fitting and I dont think I could stand that.

All advice gratefully recieved :)

Thank you
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  • slopemaster
    slopemaster Posts: 1,579 Forumite
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    I know its not exactly answering the Q you asked, but I found that in the end the only thing that helped was HRT. Which was like a miracle once I found the right one.

    PS I am actually female, in spite of my username.
  • Hi,
    Apart from the flushes, I seem to be getting off quite lightly so far. Fingers crossed.
  • Biggles
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    Possibly the answer could be to get a mattress made of natural materials, rather than plastic foam?
  • Hi Alison

    I've also started with the hot flushes recently, though they're not every night (I had respite last night), they still affect my sleep in that I wake up in the night too hot and my pillow is like a tombola drum the amount of times it's turned over.

    As this is a fairly new thing to me, I've also been looking into what can cool me down when I get hot in the night. For the moment, I have filled a hot water bottle with cold water and keep that by my bed, when I wake up hot I put it beside me in bed with just my arm on it, or under my knees and it cools me down enough for me to get back to sleep and I don't wake again. The only problem is, a couple of times when I've grabbed the bottle from the side of the bed, I've accidentally brushed it against my husband, he wasn't best pleased. It does work though so might be something you want to try.

    I've previously used a hwb in the summer when it's really hot, there's no breeze and you find it impossible to cool down so thought I'd give it a go and it works.
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  • missbiggles1
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    AlisonW wrote: »
    I'm being beset by the dreaded hot flushes that afflict 'ladies of a certain age'
    Combined with my memory foam mattress I am having very sleepless nights.
    ( other reasons are contributing to not getting back to sleep but the hot flushes trigger the waking )
    I seem to spend the night cycling through: too cold; put on bed socks, warm enough; take off bed socks, TOO HOT; throw off duvet, scrabble for light blanket. TOO COLD; throw off blanket, find duvet, ALARM CLOCK!!!!!!!!! "Noooooo!:eek:"
    I'm on a memory foam mattress which I know won't help, but Im stuck with it. I have a summer weight down / feather duvet, I have cotton bedding and the room is unheated.

    The matress came with a built in coolmax cover, but I've been using an ordinay mattress protector on top of that because the whole thing has to be unzipped from the mattress and then man handled back once washed, which is not an easy thing to do due to the weight of the mattress,and the bed is in quite a restricted space under the eaves. ( No, I'm not the mad wife in the attic, not yet anyway )
    Can anyone offer any advice?
    I am tempted to buy some Coolmax bedding, but it is quite pricey and I don't want to make an expensive mistake. Has anyone tried it? Which item would you recomend?
    If I hadn't just bought my duvet, I would have given the duvet a try, athough I'm guessing that would be rendered useless without a Coolmax duvet cover.
    I'm thinking along the lines of starting with a flatsheet, which gives me the option of having it as a bottom sheet or a top sheet under the duvet.

    Any suggestions for night clothes? I'd thought about the sportswear coolmax type garments but the all seem to be close fitting and I dont think I could stand that.


    All advice gratefully recieved :)

    Thank you

    I'm sorry if I'm missing something but I don't understand why you're thinking of wearing anything in bed if you're having hot flushes.
  • Biggles wrote: »
    Possibly the answer could be to get a mattress made of natural materials, rather than plastic foam?
    I've only had it about eighteen months, I won't be in a position to be able to replace it until long after I've finished the menopause. Besides which, until the hot flushes started I'd had much better sleep on it than in my old bed.
  • I found cold water bottles helped, too.


    I also bought a cold pillow insert called a chillow or something similar.


    The US forum called HysterSisters has some good information.
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  • choille
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    Wear cotton & use cotton sheets.

    The memory foam will be aggravating things. I'm okay, but slept on one on holiday & I've never been so hot & sweaty - It nearly ruined the holiday for me as I didn't sleep very well.
  • I have been right through the menopause, 10 years going in and 10 years coming out. I had memory foam at first and could not cope with the dreadful heat from it, it was awful re the hot flushes at night. Had to get rid of it and get a normal mattress. Used coolmax mattress protector and duvet cover and they were fine but having two of us under one duvet was too much heat, so bought single duvets and that was much better. I also used a chillow, which was fantastic

    Brings back memories and am glad it is over but did it all naturally, paying attention to diet ie soya, seeds etc and emerged healthy
  • missile
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    AlisonW wrote: »
    I've only had it about eighteen months, I won't be in a position to be able to replace it until long after I've finished the menopause. Besides which, until the hot flushes started I'd had much better sleep on it than in my old bed.
    I bought one and after a week took it back to the shop, who very kindly gave me a refund. https://uk.tempur.com/shopping-with-us/60-night-trial.html
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