Sweating while sleeping is something that everybody experiences every now and then. Doing so excessively, night after night, however, is a serious issue. Sleep hyperhidrosis can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from hormonal conditions to cancer.
Before you start worrying, you need to realize that sweating while sleeping is only one early symptom of cancer. As long as you’re not losing weight or feeling sick, you shouldn’t worry too much.
There are so many reasons why people sweat so much at night. The most common cause of sleep hyperhidrosis is hormonal in nature. Women going through menopause often experience hot flashes in their sleep. Men can also sweat a lot due to andropause. It’s not unusual for pregnant women to experience sweating while sleeping, either.
Another common cause is medication. A number of prescription drugs can cause idiopathic hyperhidrosis as a side effect. If you are on any prescription medications, talk to your doctor about your sweating problem.
Here are a few other causes of night sweating:
• Abscesses such as tooth decay and appendicitis
• Caffeine addiction
• Smoking or drinking
• Eating spicy foods right before bedtime
Preventing night sweats may or may not be easy, depending on the seriousness of your condition. If you are in good health and don’t suspect that your hyperhidrosis is caused by a serious condition, then you can try preventing the problem on your own.
Here are some tips on how to prevent sweating while sleeping:
• Make sure that your sheets and blankets aren’t causing you to sweat. Avoid using thick, heavy fabrics that won’t allow your pores to breathe. Polyester and satin should especially be avoided. Linen is the best choice, followed by 100% cotton. Rely only on light materials.
• Speaking of fabrics, consider your sleeping clothes. The same variables applied to blankets also apply to sleeping clothes. Linen and cotton pajamas are the best choices. When it comes to tops, use common sense. Always wear a sleeveless shirt made out of 100% cotton or linen.
• Did you know that there are bed fans available? These fans attach to the foot of the bed and blow cool air between your sheets. These are specially designed to keep YOU cool, and not just your bed. Another choice is a cooling blanket. Just as there are heating blankets, there are also cooling blankets. You can easily adjust the temperature so that you don’t become too cold.
• Try some herbal remedies right before you go to bed. Chaste berry in particular is a great herbal remedy for hot flashes and sweating. Another good choice is motherwort, which is known to lessen the severity of hot flashes, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. However, make sure you ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to take herbal supplements.
• There are two things you should keep by your bedside every single night: a glass of ice water and essential oil. If you wake up sweating, hurry and take a drink of your ice water. Grab the essential oil and inhale the scent. Aromatherapy is a great way to prevent sweating while sleeping. The best essential oils for you to try include peppermint oil, lemon oil, aloe vera, and clary sage.
Now you know the steps you have to take to treat your idiopathic hyperhidrosis problem! If none of these seem to work, go ask your doctor if there are any medical treatments available.
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