Do you sweat at night?
People suffering night sweats
usually find themselves waking up in the night to find their
bedclothes and bedding drenched, even if their room temperature is
cool. This is a common complaint stopping our nation from getting a
good night's sleep.
Medically known as Hyperhidrosis, this literally
means "night time excessive sweating". Night sweats are a very
annoying problem but are normally harmless.
However, sometimes they are a sign of underlying
problems so it's a good idea to see your GP if you feel
For now though, here are some of the causes of night
sweats and some remedies that might help.
Symptoms and causes
It is important to check for fever, unintentional
weight loss and fatigue with night sweats as these symptoms should
not be overlooked. However, if you don't suffer any other symptoms
then it's unlikely your problem is linked to anything
One possible cause of night sweats is the menopause.
If you're aged over 40 and can't sleep for hours at night because
of abnormal sweating, hot flushes might be your problem.
Another thing to note is that some medication can
trigger sweats in people. For example anti-depressants, aspirin and
the steroid drug prednisolone are known as causes.* This is
something to consider with your doctor if you are taking regular
Hormone disorders such as having an overactive
thyroid gland can also cause night sweats. But the most common
cause (surprisingly) is acid reflux. This is a completely
unexplained cause, but it has been identified in a fifth of
sufferers. Interestingly not all of them even had the typical
symptoms of heartburn or indigestion.**
There may still be no identifiable cause for your
night sweats, and it could just be one of those things that happens
now and then. But with such busy days the last thing we need is
tiredness from a poor night's sleep. We've put some tips together
to help you out in this situation.
Although there is no absolute cure for night sweats,
there are things you can do to get a better sleep.
1. Wear light clothing - loose fitting, light
clothes are best to sleep in if you suffer from night sweats.
Natural fabrics like cotton are more breathable, so even if you do
sweat it wont cause as much discomfort.
2. Don't stress - to prevent sweating because
of anxiety during the night, try practicing yoga, deep breathing or
meditation. Or indulge in any activity that makes you feel relaxed.
Our resident sleep expert Dr Nerina says that winding down properly
before getting into bed is crucial to helping you sleep better.
Nerina says: "you are more likely to access efficient deep sleep if
you allow your body and mind to relax than if you rush into bed
feeling anxious - so even delay going to bed if necessary."
3. Eat the right kinds of food for dinner - fresh
fruits, vegetables, dairy products, soy and fish are known to have
a cooling effect on the body. On the other hand, spicy foods,
onion, garlic, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided. Dr Nerina's
top tip is to have a glass of milk before bed, as this is a great
way to induce sleep.
Geltex mattress - these
mattresses feature a unique gel infused comfort layer which
delivers triple benefits - one of these being unparalleled
breathability. Geltex has an open cell structure allowing air to
pass through easily, preventing the body from overheating. This is
as well as providing optimal body support and pressure relief. A
Geltex mattress could help you to get the ultimate sleep