It is common to sweat during the night depending on the room temperature and how many layers of blanket or clothing you are wearing while asleep. But if you sweat so much that you wake up with wet pajamas and bedding, it is time to consider it a serious problem.
Night sweats can happen due to several reasons and most of the time the reason is not too serious but regular instances of night sweats could indicate a serious medical problem and you should address it as soon as possible. Take a look at some of the reasons you might be having night sweats; you must consult a doctor and bring up these issues with them.
1. Stress and anxiety
Anxiety and stress are mental health issues, but they also show physical symptoms. Increased night sweats is one common physical sign associated with mental health problems.
If you are having regular night sweats, consider the possibility that you might be undergoing anxiety or stress. You might also be having the following symptoms of mental health issues:
- Cannot think about anything besides negative feelings
- Have constant feelings of dread, worry, fear
- Feeling sleepy and tired all the time
- have unpleasant dreams or sleep issues
- have digestive troubles
- have pains, muscle tension or unexplained aches
2. Hormonal issues
A range of hormonal issues can be an underlying problem. If you have the following issues, it’s a possibility that you are having night sweats due to the following problems:
- Low testosterone
The symptoms of hormonal problems may include:
- changes in energy level
- unexplained weight changes
- body aches
If you are taking medications for any health problem, then it’s a possibility that night sweats are a side effect of that medication. Consult your healthcare provider if you have been having night sweats due to medications. You may ask the doctor to prescribe you another medicine with the same formula and check prices online to order them.
4. Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person finds it hard to breathe while asleep and wakes up gasping for air multiple times during the night. Some therapies and medicines help with managing sleep apnea.
Tips to Reduce Night Sweating
Try these tips to reduce night sweats:
- Open a window. Sleep in a cool room. If your room is warm and sweating, try turning up the AC or switching on a fan or opening a window.
- Change your bedding. Change your heavy blankets and bedding with lighter cotton bedding. Breathable sheets, light quilts are so much better if you have regular night sweats. Or don’t buy new sheets, just remove the ones you already have and reduce the number of layers of blankets you wear every night.
- Apply a cool washcloth. Take a wet washcloth and rub it on your face and neck before you go to sleep and whenever you wake up during the night.
- Adjust exercise timing. Exercise just before sleeping could pump up the blood pressure and elevate sweating.
- Take a shower. Try taking a cool shower before bed.