Not surprisingly, night sweats (also called “sleep hyperhidrosis”) can ruin a good night’s sleep, and the sleep of your partner, too. And, a poor night’s sleep usually means a tough day ahead. Night sweats can make you tired, irritable, and anxious. When they’re frequent enough, they can make you feel run down and groggy.
What are night sweats?
Night sweats, like most symptoms, vary from woman to woman and from night to night. In some cases, it may mean a mild, wake up cold & clammy with your pyjamas sticking to your skin feeling or – in some cases, they may be more severe and require a change of pyjamas or sheets. Most women who experience night sweats during menopause indicate they began noticing them while they were still menstruating, a sign of perimenopause.
What causes night sweats?
The most likely cause of your night sweats is the hormone fluctuations taking place in your body. There are also a few triggers that can lead to night sweats including:
- Hot showers or baths prior to bed
- Emotional triggers
What can you do?
- Wear loose, thinner cotton or wicking material tee shirts and shorts or “lounge pants” to bed.
- Keep a glass of water by your bedside.
- Place a towel on your pillow to soak up perspiration and keep an extra towel on your bedside table.