Night Sweats and Sleep

Your body comes equipped with “thermoregulation” – a mechanism that keeps you from getting too hot or cold. You sweat when your body temperature rises as a way to cool you down. Night sweats may be the result of something as simple as the air, mattress, blankets, or your pajamas being too warm. Remember to keep your room cool, well-ventilated and wear loose clothing to bed. Cotton is a good material to wear to bed because is it breathable, but any natural fiber can work well. A glass of ice water next to your bed can keep you cool, too.

Sleep experts recommend keeping your bedroom around 65 degrees at night. Your body’s temperature naturally dips as you become drowsy, reaches the lowest level in the early morning, and then goes up again. If your bedroom is too warm then it can interfere with the quality of your sleep and make you feel restless. Some studies have shown that improper body temperature regulation leads to insomnia.

Night sweats is a common problem that usually isn’t a symptom of a medical problem. In fact, many people experience night sweats every so often due to easily identified reasons, such as too many blankets, certain medications, or a symptom of menopause.

Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause, which makes sleep difficult. These rises in body temperature are a result of the dropping levels of estrogen and altered hormones that trick the brain’s region for temperature regulation into thinking the body is overheating. A woman going through menopause should consider keeping an extra pair of lightweight cotton pajamas near the bed if she sweats excessively. An extra pillowcase, towel or spare set of sheets might also be useful. If symptoms persist, consider starting hormone therapy treatment with a physician’s guidance.

Sometimes night sweats are triggered by a medical disorder, infection, cancer or problem in the nervous system. The following medications can cause night sweats: antidepressants, antipyrectics (medications that lower the body’s temperature), hormone therapy, and hypoglycemic agents (medications that decrease the level of blood sugar). Many diseases and conditions can cause night sweats, from tuberculosis to HIV/AIDS to leukemia.

If you frequently suffer from night sweats, talk to your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

For more information about night sweat treatment, call The Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute at 1-855-690-0563.