How To Stop Night Sweats
Excessive sweating at night is very common throughout all walks of life and tends to occur most commonly in women. As a result of the broken sleeping patterns due to constantly waking up sweating excessively and feeling extremely warm during the night, sufferers can often feel tired or even exhausted during the day which can significantly impact quality of life. Therefore it is very important to understand how to stop night sweats to prevent this from happening, ensure quality sleep and improve your quality of life. We will explain how to achieve this in this article.
Medically termed sleep hyperhidrosis or nocturnal hyperhidrosis, (hyperhidrosis simply means ‘excessive sweating’) this condition is thought to occur for a number of reasons. Firstly, and perhaps most commonly is night sweating occurring in conjunction with the hormonal changes that occur around the time of the menopause. Usually this is attributable to low estrogen levels.
These hormonal changes can cause extreme hot flashes, rise in body temperature and sudden excessive sweating, and often this will be through the night. Additionally, night sweats during period are also quite common in females, and this is also attributable to the hormonal fluctuations that are occur around this time.
Secondly, excessive night sweats can occur as part of general hyperhidrosis. If you are prone to excessive sweating generally, then it is likely this will continue to happen at night, particularly if you are sleeping in a hot environment. This type of general hyperhidrosis is thought to occur due to over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Lastly, excessive night sweats may occur in conjunction with another disease or illness that causes excessive sweating as a side effect. Although this is less likely it is possible and therefore it would be wise to consult with your doctor to rule out this possibility.
It would also be wise to consult with your doctor in general about your excessive night sweating to gain a greater understanding of the underlying cause of your night sweats and how to stop night sweats. Although it is fundamental that the underlying cause of night sweats is addressed, there are several simple strategies you can use to reduce or even eliminate night sweating and these are discussed below. As sweating typically occurs in an attempt to reduce body temperature, these strategies are all based around ways of keeping your body cool throughout the night.
Firstly, you must consider the ambient temperature of the bedroom you are sleeping in. By keeping a window open (where possible) or by making use of a fan or air conditioning unit should help to keep the room temperature cool. This should this mean the body temperature stays cool and can dramatically reduce the chances of sweating throughout the night.
You should consider the type of bedding you are using and bed-clothes you are wearing. You should ensure that you are using the correct thickness (tog) of duvet for the time of year as using a thicker duvet during the warmer summer months will make you warmer during the night, raising your body temperature and increasingly the likelihood of excessive sweating at night. Use a thinner duvet when possible as this will keep your body temperature cooler.
Additionally, if you’re wearing bed clothes that are made of synthetic materials such as polyester this may trap moisture next year skin and raise your body temperature, again triggering sweating. You should, where possible, consider wearing bedclothes made of natural materials such as cotton as these wouldn’t trap moisture next to the skin, and instead keep the skin cooler and reduce the chances of sweating. It may also be an option not to wear bed clothes at all when considering how to stop night sweats and sleep only in your underwear.
A separate but interesting point is the relationship between emotional distress and sleep hyperhidrosis. Sometimes if you’re feeling stressed or anxious and have a lot on your mind causing you concern this can disturb sleeping patterns. You may find you are restless and constantly tossing and turning which can in turn raise your body temperature which, as you now know, will increase the likelihood of sweating. It can be useful to try and relax and unwind to minimize stress levels before you go to bed to avoid this situation and have a more peaceful nights’ sleep.
These simple strategies can be used when considering how to stop night sweats, and may make a big difference to how much you sweat during the night and your improve quality of sleep. As mentioned previously, it would still be wise to seek the advice from your doctor to rule out any of the other possibilities also.