You may be comfortable during the day but awaken every hour or two during the night with night sweats. Night sweats are identical to hot flashes, except for their timing. It is possible to have only daytime hot flashes, only night sweats, or both. Although it is not as common, some women find hot flashes troublesome for decades.
Hot flashes can come and go, without warning, over a period of days, months, or years. In some women, they resolve spontaneously without any intervention; other women only find relief with treatment. Hot flashes and night sweats may be easily tolerated or debilitating. At one point, your hot flashes may be mild or infrequent, causing little or no disruption in your routine. At another time, you may suffer from intense hot flashes that recur every hour, compromising your ability to function effectively at home or work.
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