Night Sweats

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Have you woken up in the middle of the night only to find your sheets and PJ's drenched in sweat? You may have a condition known as sleep sweats, and the medical diagnosis for this is named hyperhidrosis. Try saying that three times or even ten times fast, sleep sweats is a lot easier to say. It may not be the easiest to get rid of though. It could be the simplest thing like an overheated room or too many blankets on the bed or even your mattress.  This sweating can usually start in your late teens or early adulthood. It may occur for no known reason and may not even be part or a health problem.

If you or someone in your family regularly has sleep sweats it could be possibly a health problem as you get older. See your doctor if you have concerns about this issue and to rule out any underlying health problems. Some health problems that include this symptom include infections, pregnancy, and fevers just to name a few. It has been known to occur with sleep apnea also, in a survey of sleep apnea patients they have reported excessive night sweats.

Night sweats can also occur do to medications that we may take daily. For example pain relievers, blood pressure control meds and meds for Gerd, (Gastrointestinal reflux disease). Some other cause of night sweating include- hormone therapy, stress and anxiety, obesity and spicy foods.

Sleep Hyperhidrosis can vary in severity of degrees, ranging waking up and needing to turn the pillow over completely too possibly needing to take a shower and change the bedding. If your doctor can still not pin point a physical reason as to why this is occurring you can try to follow these guidelines to see if they will help reduce or eliminate sleep sweating.

  • Stay away from hot foods or drinks, sugary foods, anything with caffeine and carbonated drinks
  • Focus on healthy living by eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly and getting plenty of water.
  • If you are overweight, lose some excess pounds.
  • Check the temperature and humidity levels of your bedroom to maximize your comfort level.
  • Replace your mattress

Hopefully by trying a few of these things your Live and Sleep mattress will become more comfortable and you can avoid the night sweats.


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