Night Sweats

If you wake up with your pyjamas and sheets soaked with sweat, even when it is cold or you are not wearing heavy pyjamas or you do not have too many clothes, , bed linen or blankets covering you, you may be having night sweats. Anyone can have night sweats, no matter your gender or age.

Night sweats vs. hot flashes vs. nightmares?1-4

1. Night Sweats1-4

You may have heard the terms “night sweats” and “hot flashes” used interchangeably. Even though both phrases are related and make you feel hot, they are not the same. Both hot flashes and night sweats are regarded as hallmarks of menopause, affecting over 4 in 5 (85%) women.5 

Experts generally consider true night sweats as severe hot flashes occurring at night that can drench sleepwear and bedding, which are not related to a hot room or an overheated environment. Hot flashes are considered night sweats if they happen at night and make you sweat heavily.

2. Hot Flashes4

Hot flashes give you sudden, intense feelings of warmth. They can happen day or night, and do not involve any sweating.

3. Nightmares1

Nightmares are also commonly confused with night sweats. Nightmares, also referred to as sleep terrors, occur when you abruptly wake up terrified or frightened from sleeping. This sleep disorder can cause sweating, but it’s more widely defined by the emotional fear and anxiety it causes.

What are common triggers of night sweats?1-4

The most common triggers of night sweats are related to 

  • Lifestyle habits → alcohol, smoking, caffeine, spicy foods, 
  • Sleepwear & hot sleeping environment → bedding or mattress material, pyjama fabric, room temperature
  • Hormonal changes → Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), menopause
  • Certain health issuesanxiety, stress, obesity, flu, fever, TB, Covid-19, sleep,  and thyroid problems 
  • Medication side effects → painkillers, hypertensives, steroids, hormone therapy, antidepressants, medicines taken to lower fevers (aspirin or paracetamol) and diabetes.

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  1. Melissa Conrad Stöppler and John P. Cunha (28 July 2023). MedicineNet: Night Sweats. Accessed 29 November 2023 Available from: https://www.medicinenet.com/night_sweats/article.htm
  2.  Mayo Clinic Staff (5 March 2022). Mayo Clinic: Symptoms-Night Sweats. Accessed 29 November 2023 Available from:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/night-sweats/basics/causes/sym-20050768:/ 
  3.  NHS (9 November 2023). NHS: Night sweats. Accessed 29 November 2023 Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/night-sweats/  
  4. Jean Hailes (February 2023). Health Direct: Night sweats. Accessed 29 November 2023 Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/night-sweats 
  5. Eric Suni and Abhinav Singh (22 November 2023). Sleep Foundation: What Causes Night Sweats? Accessed 29 November 2023 Available from: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/night-sweats

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