You suddenly get flushed and sweat for 5 to 10 minutes. Some women get slightly warm while others are drenched in sweat. When they wake you in the wee hours of the morning, they're called night sweats. Deep-breathing exercises may help. You also can try to avoid triggers -- warm temperatures, hot drinks, spicy food. You can try black cohash or add soy to your diet, as a natural source of estrogen. Talk to your doctor about medications for moderate-severe symptoms.