There's a strong connection between hot flashes and stress, which is why doctors recommend things like yoga, meditation, and lifestyle changes. For some women, these strategies can help to reduce the number of hot flashes they experience or severity of their episodes. What these approaches can't do, unfortunately, is provide relief and stress-alleviating comfort in the moment when a hot flash appears. (You probably don't want to stop in the middle of a board meeting to get into child's pose.)
That's where the Embr Wave® from Embr Labs can help. As a piece of wearable AC technology, the Wave offers safe, immediate, and discreet relief for stress and hot flashes anytime you need it, anywhere you go.
Embr Wave: wearable relief for stress and hot flashes
Embr Wave is a thermal wristband that's about the size of a smartwatch. Contained within its stylish exterior is powerful thermal technology that delivers immediate comfort by applying a series of pleasantly warm or cool sensations to the skin on the inside of your wrist. Lasting anywhere from 5 minutes to 9 hours, these temperature sensations send a feel-good message to your brain that helps to recalibrate your sense of how hot or cold you are, providing highly effective hot flash help.
The science behind Embr Wave
Studies show that a small, concentrated thermal sensation on one part of your body—like your inner wrist—can change the way you experience temperature throughout your body. That means when you're experiencing a hot flash, the cool sensations generated by the Wave can help you quickly feel more comfortable. It's the same principle as when you try to warm up by wrapping your hands around a hot mug of cocoa, or how splashing cold water on your face on a hot summer's day can help you feel cooler all over. When the sensitive skin on your wrist is warmed or cooled, it activates a natural pathway to the part of your brain that's associated with emotion, pleasure, stress, and thermoregulation. This signal changes your perception of temperature overall, restoring balance and helping you feel better.
Waveforms: precisely engineered thermal sensations
Embr Wave is engineered to take advantage of this physical phenomenon in a precise and repeatable way. This thermoelectric device generates pulses of cool or warm sensations called Waveforms, which are carefully engineered to maximize your relief for stress, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and other temperature-related situations.
The connection between stress and hot flashes
Hot flashes are likely caused by changing levels of hormones in the body. For women, this happens most frequently around the time of menopause. It's thought that fluctuating hormones cause the brain to mistakenly believe the body is overheating, triggering a series of events—hot flashes—that are designed to expel excessive body heat as fast as possible. Blood vessels beneath the skin open up to give off extra heat, causing a burning sensation in the upper body. The sweat glands are activated, producing a drenching sweat. This can also be accompanied by a racing or uneven heart rate, feelings of anxiety, and redness in the face, neck, and chest.
Studies have shown that stress can play a role in triggering hot flashes. When you're feeling stressed, your body releases another hormone, adrenaline, which can cause your heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise, increasing the likelihood of a hot flash.
How to stop hot flashes and reduce stress with the Wave
When you feel a hot flash coming on, Embr Wave delivers instant cool relief with the press of a button or a tap in an app. Within seconds, the thermoelectric module inside the device generates pleasant waves of cool refreshment that can help to reduce the overall intensity and duration of a hot flash. The Wave is totally silent and inconspicuous, so you can immediately start cooling down without anyone around you needing to know what's going on.
Additional thermal wellness benefits
The benefits provided by Embr Wave extend well beyond relief for stress and hot flashes.
The Wave offers specially designed thermal sessions to relax you to sleep and help you rest easy at a temperature that's just right for you. The comforting waves of Fall Asleep sessions gradually slow down to ease your body into sleep more quickly, and All Night sessions give you continual temperature relief for up to 9 hours. Studies have shown that using the Wave for two weeks can help mitigate nighttime hot flashes, reduce sleep disturbances, and minimize insomnia.
More comfortable days
No matter where you go—or who's in charge of the thermostat—Embr Wave gives you the power to take control over your experience with temperature. A study with UC Berkeley found that using the Wave for just three minutes allowed participants to feel up to 5°F warmer or cooler on average, with women able to adjust their perceived temperature by up to 9°F.
Unlock more power with the Embr Wave 2 app
The Embr Wave 2 app lets you unlock the full potential of the Wave. While you can still take control of temperature by using the buttons on the side of the device, the app gives you access to additional features and customization options. Available from Google Play and the iOS App Store, the Embr Wave 2 app allows you to:
- Explore thermal sessions designed to deliver comfort, reduce stress, enhance sleep, and control hot flashes.
- Set custom session lengths that range from 5 minutes to 9 hours.
- Edit, save, and rename sessions.
- Reprogram the buttons on the device for quick access to your favorite sessions.
- Download updates and improvements for your Wave.
- Track your usage to gain insights from your patterns and learn how to get even better results.
What are hot flashes?
Hot flashes occur when the brain mistakenly believes the body needs to cool down fast. It's thought that this phenomenon occurs because of fluctuating hormone levels in the body that momentarily affect its ability to accurately regulate temperature. Hot flashes are characterized by sudden feelings of intense warmth and heavy sweating as the body tries to expel heat quickly.
Can stress cause hot flashes?
Studies have shown that stress can trigger hot flashes. When a person feels stressed, the body releases adrenaline that increases heart rate and blood pressure, which can in turn induce a hot flash response.
How does Embr Wave help manage stress and hot flashes?
Studies have shown that even a small, localized thermal sensation on the wrist can change your comfort level and perceived temperature throughout the body. The warm or cool sensations generated by the Wave send a feel-good message to the brain that's been clinically proven to recalibrate your experience of temperature and help you feel better in just a few seconds.