Sweating during the day can be a pain, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Hyperhidrosis is uncomfortable, and it doesn’t always take a break.
Hyperhidrosis can even disrupt your nighttime routine, making it hard to get a good night’s sleep. Despite being comfortable with the temperature, you may still sweat at night.
You may also have secondary hyperhidrosis. This means that your excessive sweating is related to a health condition such as menopause, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder. It can be challenging to control night sweat if these conditions aren’t treated properly.
Still, this doesn’t mean you have to give up and accept these sweaty nights. Learn some of the best ways you can manage sweating at night so you can sleep more comfortably when living with hyperhidrosis.
When it comes to nighttime sweating, comfort is key. For sweat-free sleep, you may need to give up pajamas made of polyester and other synthetic materials. These don’t absorb sweat well. Pajamas made from natural materials like light cotton are ideal sleepwear choices. Silk can also allow your skin to breathe.
It’s best not to wear socks to bed if you don’t need them. This can increase your chances of sweating. But if you do wear socks, make sure these are made from cotton too.
Sometimes the bedding you’re lying in can actually be the reason why you’re tossing and turning at night. Like your pajamas, you should choose breathable sheets and blankets made from cotton. Layer your bedding so you can kick off any extra blankets and comforters if you get hot. You can also ditch your pillows for ones made from gel. These can have a cooling effect that help to prevent night sweats.
It can be difficult to wind down before bed when you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything checked off of your to-do list. If you’ve had a busy day, stress may lead to sweating. As hard as it might be, do only what must be done before bed — everything else can wait until the morning. Choose relaxing activities to signal your mind and body that it’s time to unwind and destress. Rather than checking your email on your phone or thinking about what you have to do tomorrow, read or take a bubble bath.
Sometimes the thought of not being able to sleep at night can trigger stress. In response, your body might sweat more.
Attempt to clear your mind right before bedtime. This will create a relaxing environment to sleep in. Try out some bedtime yoga you can do in your jammies, or even a nighttime meditation routine. You can also opt to do some deep breathing exercises once you lie down. The key here is not to try to master a new exercise. Instead, try to engage in the mindfulness necessary for a good night’s sleep.
When your regular deodorant doesn’t cut it, you can ask your doctor about a prescription antiperspirant. This helps control excessive sweating under the armpits, as well as other areas of the body, like your feet. If you have a lot of sweating around your face at night, your doctor may recommend prescription glycopyrrolate cream.
Other options, depending on the cause of night sweats, may include:
- Botox injections
- estrogen replacements
- nerve blockers
- thyroid hormone medications
On the flipside, some of these medications could actually be causing your night sweats. You may consider talking to your doctor about adjusting the dosage. Or you may want to see if you can even choose a different medication altogether.
If you still experience sleepless nights despite addressing hyperhidrosis, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can run a sweat test, as well as blood tests and other diagnostic assessments. If you find your symptoms of hyperhidrosis have improved and you still can’t sleep, there may be another underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed.