Hot flashes and stress

Hot flashes and stress

The connection between hot flashes and stress

If you've experienced hot flashes, you know how stressful they can be—especially in professional situations. The intense heat and uncontrolled sweating can make it impossible to focus on simple tasks, let alone lead a meeting or give a presentation. While a hot flash at the wrong time can trigger anxiety (not to mention embarrassment, discomfort, and disruption), research shows that stress itself can also be the cause of hot flashes, increasing their frequency and severity.

Clearly, anything that could deal with both hot flashes and stress would be a lifesaver. Yet traditional hot flash remedies like hormone replacement therapy and medications can't offer on-the-spot relief for either hot flashes or stress. In fact, many of the side effects of these treatments may actually increase your stress level. Natural remedies like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can reduce stress, potentially minimizing the number and frequency of hot flashes, but these options can't do anything to help when you need it most, right when you feel an episode coming on. After all, you can't interrupt a board meeting to soothe your symptoms with a yoga pose.

That's where the Embr Wave® from Embr Labs can come to the rescue. As a stylish piece of wearable AC technology, the Wave gives you the power to get instant cool relief for stress and hot flashes at the touch of a button.

Embr Wave: take control over hot flashes and stress

Packed within a stylish exterior that's about the size of a smartwatch or bracelet, Embr Wave houses a thermoelectric heat pump that works like a miniature heater or AC system—but one that operates totally silently and that you can take with you anywhere. The Wave creates gentle warming or cooling sensations that you feel on the highly sensitive skin on your inner wrist. This feeling naturally activates a neural pathway to your brain that changes how hot or cold you feel, automatically lowering your stress level and bringing instant relief for hot flashes.

The science behind the Wave
Embr Wave takes advantage of a physical phenomenon you already know and use. Think of how, on a chilly day, wrapping your hands around a warm mug of cocoa can help your whole body feel cozier and more relaxed. Or how splashing just your face with cold water on a sweltering day can instantly make you feel cool and refreshed from head to toe. The Wave taps into this natural ability to use small, localized temperature sensations to increase your overall comfort level—and gives you the power to do it in a precise, convenient, and repeatable way.

Waveforms: precise pulses of thermal sensation
Embr Wave generates pulses of cool or warm sensations in carefully designed patterns known as Waveforms that are engineered to maximize relief for hot flashes, stress, night sweats, insomnia, and other conditions. When the thermoreceptors in the sensitive skin on your wrist register a warm or cool sensation, they send a feel-good signal to your brain, rebalancing the way you perceive temperature throughout your body and helping you instantly feel more comfortable.

How stress may influence hot flashes

Hot flashes can be triggered by many things, but they're most often associated with menopause and the years leading up to it. The exact reason for hot flashes is not known, but it's believed that changes in hormone levels during menopause may cause problems regulating body temperature. As hormone levels drop or fluctuate, the brain wrongly believes that the body is overheated and must be cooled down quickly. As a result, the blood vessels just below the skin open up to release heat, unleashing a sudden and uncomfortable burst of warmth and redness in the face, neck, and chest. The heart starts to race and the sweat glands kick into gear, producing heavy perspiration.

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The connection between hot flashes and stress is well documented. When you feel stressed, your body releases another hormone, adrenaline, that can cause your heart rate to increase and blood pressure to rise, possibly helping to bring on a hot flash.

What can help with hot flashes and stress?
While meditation, relaxation techniques, exercise, and yoga may help with managing stress and reducing the number and severity of hot flashes, these practices aren't able to bring relief when you're in the middle of an episode. In contrast, ice packs, cooling gels, spray mists, and cooling products may work well on demand, but they're messy, cumbersome, and conspicuous. You probably don't want to lead a presentation or pitch a client with a melting ice pack strapped to your neck.

How to reduce hot flashes and stress with the Wave
Embr Wave provides immediate relief for hot flashes that is safe, natural, and completely discreet. With the touch of a button or a tap in the app, you can start a cooling session as soon as you feel the telltale signs of a hot flash coming on. It's effortless, silent, and mess-free. And whenever the cares of the day are starting to mount, you can activate cooling or warming sessions specifically designed to relax the body and reduce stress. It's like having the soothing power of a warm bath or a refreshing drink at your fingertips, whenever you need it.

Better nights. Better days.

Along with relief for hot flashes and stress, Embr Wave lets you use temperature to feel better any time of the day or night.

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A better night's sleep
Temperature has a significant impact on the quality of your sleep. The Wave offers Fall Asleep sessions that feature calming sensations that help lull you to sleep more quickly, while the All Night sessions can help you rest easy for up to 9 hours at a time. A study performed with Johnson & Johnson showed that participants who used Embr Wave for just two weeks were able to effectively reduce insomnia, sleep disturbances, and nighttime hot flashes.

More comfort during the day
Embr Wave puts you in control of how you feel all day long, no matter who is in charge of the thermostat. With the touch of a button or a tap in the app, you can quickly launch a cooling session to get relief in an overheated conference room or start warming when you're in a chilly restaurant. A study conducted with UC Berkeley found that using the Wave for just three minutes helped participants feel 5°F warmer or cooler on average, and women were able to feel up to 9°F cooler.

Get more from your Embr Wave with the app

The Embr Wave 2 app, available from the iOS App Store or Google Play, lets you unlock the full potential of your device with additional features and functionality.

  • Set session lengths that range from 5 minutes to 9 hours.
  • Explore thermal sessions designed to reduce stress, improve sleep, increase comfort, and relieve hot flashes.
  • Edit, save, and rename sessions.
  • Reprogram the buttons on the Wave to create shortcuts to your favorites.
  • Download updates and improvements for your device.
  • Track your usage to gain insight from your patterns and maximize the benefits from your Wave.

FAQs

What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes are a rush of heat through the upper body that can be accompanied by a racing heart rate, redness in the face and neck, and sudden, drenching sweats.

What's the relationship between hot flashes and stress?

Hot flashes and stress have a cyclical relationship. Stress can cause a hot flash, and hot flashes can definitely cause stress. Hot flashes are thought to occur when changing hormone levels disrupt the body's processes for regulating temperature, causing the brain to mistakenly believe the body needs to cool down fast. In response, the brain signals blood vessels beneath the skin to dilate, creating sudden feelings of warmth and turning the skin red and blotchy. The sweat glands are activated, causing heavy perspiration to help cool the body down. By increasing the heart rate and blood pressure, stress hormones may also contribute to the start of a hot flash. Hot flashes are also a great source of stress, especially for women in professional situations who never know when a hot flash may disrupt their work.

Do men get hot flashes?

Yes. While there is far less focus on men and hot flashes, things like infections, drug addiction, treatments for cancer, and stress can cause hot flashes in men as well as women.

Woman adjusting the rose gold Embr Wave 2 on her left wrist.

Menopause relief you can take anywhere.

(Especially on those occasional nights when you can't seem to get back to sleep.)