‘Sweaty’ is the most well known dwarf.

Around 80% of us will experience hot flushes and night sweats. Why is it happening? No one really knows. Another medical mystery for future discovery! There are theories. One looked at in Myer Hunter’s book ‘Living well through the Menopause’ is around the ‘thermoneutral zone’. In the brain, there is an area where the body’s temperature is regulated. The decrease in oestrogen with menopause is thought to narrow this range. A narrowing of the thermoneutral zone means that small temperature changes – having a hot drink, stress etc, can move us out of the narrow zone into a sweat, flush or flash (as the Americans call them).