Aspire to not Perspire: How to Prevent Night Sweats
August 21, 2015
After a long, hot, and exhausting day, you finally get to sleep on your senso memory matress in your own air-conditioned room. There is almost no better feeling. However, before the Sandman takes you to Dreamland, you begin to start perspiring a lot for some strange reason. In fact, you sweat so much that your clothes, and possibly even your sheets, are already drenched, so you feel uncomfortable and sticky. In the back of your mind you are distraught, for you can’t find an explanation behind your intense sweating.
Worrying yourself to sleep – or lack of it – won’t solve the problem. Instead, you should follow these tips on how you can lessen or completely end your night sweats.
Maybe It’s The Heat
Before you jump into any conclusion, try to see first if the reason behind your sweating is the heat. If it is, then it’s best that you do the following:
- Turn up the electric fan or air conditioner. If you’re sweating, it could mean it’s not turned up enough.
- Change clothes. Instead of threads made of flannel polyester, which trap heat, go for natural, breathable fabrics like cotton.
- Drink a glass of water or any cold beverage (except iced coffee and alcohol) before you go to bed. This should help you regulate your body temperature.
- Replace the linens. Get rid of linens that either have a high thread count or a tight weave, as they trap heat, and air barely flows through them. And because heat can’t get out while the cool air can’t get in, your body won’t be able to regulate its temperature properly.
No Nightcaps for Now
Alcohol is perhaps the easiest depressant – a substance that slows body function and induces sleep – to get. With just a few bucks, you can go to your local store, buy a bottle, drink, and effortlessly catch zzz’s out of your drunkenness. It actually works, but it’s not exactly a good practice to keep, and definitely not something you should do if you’re experiencing night sweats.
Alcohol increases body temperature, which in turn leads to profuse sweating. And if you’re already suffering from the latter, then it’s only going to get worse. Therefore, save yourself from the booze and go for tea or iced water instead.
No Spicy Food Either
Even if you don’t have night sweats, you shouldn’t be eating spicy foods before hitting the sack, as it can cause heartburn and restlessness. And whether you’re awake, half-asleep, or completely out cold, spicy foods increase your body temperature, which, as what has been previously repeated many times, makes you sweat even more.
Consult a Doctor
If any of these tips don’t seem to work and you’ve been having night sweats for quite some now, then you might have an underlying illness causing it. Although it’s not always the case, it’d be much better if you see a physician. After all, you can’t be too safe.
With these tips, hopefully you’d be able to shake off that annoying and worrisome night sweating. After all, nothing beats a good night sleep that doesn’t involve any bothersome thoughts or a hot and sticky feeling.