The internet is full of menopause insomnia remedies—everything from taking herbal supplements to avoiding certain foods and altering your pre-bedtime routine. For women who are bothered by hot flashes at night, there are lots of menopause cooling devices and bedding solutions that promise they can alleviate your symptoms. But many of these menopause insomnia remedies are cumbersome, inconvenient, or ineffective, and aren't able to help you get to sleep right when you need it most.
Now, there's a remedy for menopause insomnia that's highly effective and easy to use, providing relief from night sweats, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms of menopause. It's Embr Wave® from Embr Labs, a smart wristband that harnesses the power of temperature to help you feel better at the press of a button.
Solving menopause insomnia with Embr Wave
Embr Wave is a smart device you wear on the inside of your wrist, where your skin is highly sensitive to temperature. Within Embr Wave's stylish exterior is a compact thermoelectric heat pump that works a bit like a miniature heating or cooling system. By creating a series of pleasantly warm or cool sensations that are felt on the skin, the Wave activates a neural pathway to the part of your brain that's associated with thermoregulation as well as emotion, stress, and pleasure. These sensations trigger an instinctual comfort response that can help deliver fast, natural relief for insomnia.
How sensations in your wrist affect temperature for your body
Clinical studies have shown that a small amount of warming or cooling on one part of the body (like the sensitive skin of your inner wrist) can change the way you perceive temperature throughout your body. It's the same principle as when you wrap your hands around a hot cup of coffee to make you feel warmer from head to toe, or when you splash ice water on your face to feel cooler all over. Thermoreceptors in your skin register these changes and send a feel-good message to the part of your brain, telling it to recalibrate your perception of how hot or cold you feel and how comfortable you are overall.
Temperature as a menopause insomnia remedy
Embr Wave generates thermal sensations in precisely engineered patterns that are optimized for different types of relief. For those dealing with menopausal insomnia, Embr Wave offers warming or cooling sessions that are designed to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Fall Asleep sessions use gentle waves that progressively slow down to relax your body into sleep and reduce the time it takes for you to drift off if you wake up during the night. All Night sessions offer steady, comforting waves to keep you resting through the night for up to 9 hours.
A study performed with Johnson & Johnson showed that using the Wave for just two weeks helped participants reduce insomnia, minimize sleep disturbances, and mitigate nighttime hot flashes.
The causes of menopause insomnia
Insomnia during menopause can be caused by many of the symptoms that characterize this time in a woman's life. During menopause and the years leading up to it, changing hormone levels can frequently cause the brain's thermoregulation center to wrongly believe the body needs to cool down quickly. This triggers a hot flash—the body's attempt to expel heat rapidly by dilating blood vessels beneath the skin and activating the sweat glands. When these experiences happen at night, they're called night sweats. Sometimes the brain gets the opposite message and triggers cold flashes. Both night sweats and cold flashes can wake you up and make it difficult to fall back asleep. Hormonal fluctuations can also lead to depression, stress, and anxiety, which can in turn bring on insomnia.
How to stop hot flashes at night
When you're awakened by a hot flash at night, you can simply press a button on Embr Wave to instantly generate a series of cooling pulses designed to dissipate the symptoms and reduce the length and severity of the episode. And whether you're sleeping hot or if you tend to sleep cold, you can use the Wave to lull you back to sleep at the temperature that's just right for you.
More benefits of the Wave
Embr Wave goes beyond other menopause insomnia remedies, with benefits for improving comfort and managing stress.
Enhance your comfort
Embr Wave gives you control over your experience with temperature no matter where you go or who's in control of the thermostat. When your environment feels too stuffy or when your office is freezing cold, Embr Wave can help you feel more comfortable within seconds. Participants in a study with UC Berkeley found that using the Wave for just three minutes was able to help them feel 5°F cooler or warmer on average. Women reported even stronger results, with Embr Wave helping them to feel up to 9°F cooler and 6°F warmer.
Lower your stress
Temperature can have a huge impact on your stress level. If you've ever taken a hot bath to unwind or stepped outside for some cold air to calm down, you already know how effective this relief can be. With Embr Wave, you can access soothing thermal sensations any time you need to relax during anxious or stressful moments.
Unlock more features with the Embr Wave 2 app
When you connect your device to the Embr Wave 2 mobile app, you can unlock the full potential of the Wave as a menopause insomnia remedy. The app lets you explore thermal sessions that have been specially designed to enhance sleep and to reduce stress, increase comfort, and manage hot flashes. You can edit, save, and rename sessions, setting your preferred temperature level and selecting session lengths that range from 5 minutes up to 9 hours, and you can reprogram the buttons on the side of the device for shortcuts to your favorite cooling and warming sessions. You can also use the app to track your usage of the device and gain insight from your temperature patterns.
What is menopause?
Menopause marks the end of a woman's ability to reproduce. During this time and in the years before and after, the body makes fewer of the hormones required for reproduction. Lower hormone levels can cause a variety of effects including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood swings, and other symptoms.
Why does menopause cause insomnia?
You may experience insomnia during menopause for several reasons. Hot flashes that happen at night, or night sweats, may cause a burst of heat that can wake you suddenly and make it difficult to return to sleep. The hormonal fluctuations that trigger night sweats can also cause depression and anxiety, which can also lead to insomnia.
What are the most effective menopause insomnia remedies?
There are many menopause insomnia remedies on the market, but few offer relief that is fast, easy, and highly effective. In contrast, Embr Wave is a thermal wristband that provides menopause night sweat relief by creating cool sensations that are instantly felt on the temperature-sensitive skin of the inner wrist. These thermal sensations help dissipate the effects of hot flashes at night by communicating feel-good messages to the brain, which in turn tells the body to recalibrate its perception of temperature so you can feel better overall.