Sleep hyperhidrosis, or night sweats, is defined as a drenching sweat that requires you to change your clothes in the middle of the night. It can be caused by a variety of underlying medical conditions, such as sleep disorders, diabetes, low blood pressure and severe migraines. The most common cause is living in a hot environment. Night sweats can be bothersome and uncomfortable. The information contained in this article will help you avoid night sweats.
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Drink 10 glasses of water a day. Water naturally stabilises your body's temperature by increasing body fluid. Drink one glass of water before going to bed to prevent night sweats.
Take a cold bath for 20 minutes every night before going to sleep. A cold bath will sooth and relax your cells, preventing night sweats. Turn the heater on. It is important that your bathroom and bedroom are warm. Never get out of a cold bath into a cold area. Going into a cold area after a cold bath can cause chest numbness and possible system shock.
Reduce caffeine intake. Caffeine increases the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The SNS is part of your body's nervous system. When the SNS activity is increased, you tend to sweat more. You can drink non-caffeinated drinks instead.
Take echinacea tablets two to three times a week. Night sweats are sometimes caused by bacterial infections. Echinacea works by boosting your immune system, preventing the spreading and growth of microorganisms.
Do yoga. Performing yoga before sleep will drastically reduce and prevent future night sweats. Yoga works by altering the subconscious mind, telling it to relax the nervous system, thus preventing night sweats. Do any light yoga exercises three to four hours before going to bed.
Tips and warnings
- If your night sweats are accompanied by a fever, consult a physician immediately. A combination of fever and night sweats indicates an infection and/or something more serious.
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