Sweating is one of the ways our body keeps our temperature normal, but when people are unwell they can have episodes of increased sweating. When this is severe it can be very uncomfortable and affect activities like sleeping. There are different causes, including certain medicines. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment, depending on the cause. There are also things you can do to help:
- Wear layers of light cotton clothing that can be taken off or put on easily.
- Keep rooms cool and well-aired – a fan can be helpful.
- Keep a sponge or flannel and some cool water by your bed for night sweats.
- Use light cotton bedding and put a large cotton towel on the bed underneath you. This will absorb any sweat and can be removed easily, rather than having to change all the bedclothes.
- Avoid things that may trigger sweats – for example, some people find sweats are made worse by alcohol or spicy food.
- Your body loses fluid through sweating, so try to drink a bit more to prevent dehydration.
Some people will have night sweats caused by the menopause or as a side effect of hormonal treatment.