Half of a group of 110 women with at least 5 bothersome hot flashes a day had a two and a half hour mindfulness class in which they meditated, stretched and focused on body awareness and got CDs they could take home. The other half was put on a waiting list for the same class but never took it. All the women were asked about their hot flashes, sleeping and issues with anxiety and stress before and after the study. After eight weeks, those in the class reported that their anxiety and stress levels decreased and they slept better. Although they had the same number of hot flashes at the end of the study, they found they were not as bothered by them. Researchers believe this would allow women to handle hot flashes better instead of using hormone replacement therapy to get rid of them.