Getting the sweats at night while sleeping is frustrating and a little scary, and could indicate many things.
You could sweat between the sheets at night simply because your sleep environment is too hot (in and out of the sheets), and you just haven’t realized it yet.
But if you’ve already ruled out the temperature as the problem, then what could be making you feel too hot at night? If you’re repeatedly waking up at night soaked in sweat, it is likely indicative of an underlying medical condition and you should contact your healthcare provider immediately to get to the bottom of it before going too far down the Doctor Google rabbithole.
While Kitelinens sheets can’t entirely eliminate night sweats, their hybrid design and breathable cotton sateen fabric can help people who are experiencing night sweats sleep a little cooler in their sheets.
Why do we sweat at night?
According to the Mayo Clinic, night sweats are defined as “repeated episodes of extreme perspiration that may soak your night clothes or bed sheets and are related to an underlying medical condition or illness.”
Let’s unpack that a bit more. When heavy sweating is chronic, it’s called hyperhidrosis. When it occurs at night, it’s known as nocturnal hyperhidrosis. And because our bodies actually cool down a degree or two during sleep, nocturnal hyperhidrosis can be an indicator of an underlying problem or condition.
Reasons for chronic sweat between the sheets
In general, if you’re sweating at night, it can be indicative of a medical problem. They’re often associated with fever, weight loss, localized pain, cough, diarrhea, or other symptoms of concern.
Night sweats in your sheets can be caused by a number of conditions both minor and temporary, and serious and long term, which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re suffering from sweat at night. Causes for night sweats in your sheets include infections, hormonal changes, neuropathy, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorder, sleep disorders, tuberculosis, and different types of cancers, just to name a few.
Additionally, a number of commonly used medications can cause people to heavily sweat at night. A few of these medications are:
- Drugs used to treat diabetes (hypoglycemic agents)
- Hormone-blocking drugs used to treat certain cancers (hormone therapy)
For women, perimenopause is the leading cause of night sweats
Perimenopause is the natural transitional time around menopause. Perimenopause is marked by changes in menstrual flow and in the length of the cycle, and other physical symptoms that include night sweat and hot flashes in and out of the sheets.
The timing and severity of perimenopause symptoms can be impacted by lifestyle choices and underlying health conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, menopause begins one to two years earlier in women who smoke versus women who don’t. A family history of early menopause can also affect how early you enter this stage. (Certain cancer treatments and hysterectomies can trigger early menopause as well.)
Though symptoms and duration of perimenopause vary widely, night sweat and hot flashes are some of the most commonly reported symptoms reported by women who struggle with sleeping at night. If you’re experiencing disruptive symptoms of perimenopause like night sweats, first, talk with your doctor about your options. Hot flashes are common, but intensity, length and frequency vary widely among women. Kitelinens sheets will help with reducing the sweating, but not entirely.
Why men sweat at night between the sheets
One possible cause of night sweats in the sheets in men is low testosterone, which can be identified via a simple blood test. It’s a hormonal condition that becomes more common as men get older. Low testosterone has also been linked to being overweight and to Type 2 diabetes. Because it can also be a sign of infection; liver, kidney or pituitary gland disease; or an autoimmune disease, a diagnosis of low testosterone can lead to additional testing.
Kitelinens are the best sheets if you sweat in bed
Need something to help you sleep cooler in your sheets? Kitelinens patent-pending sheets have you covered. Our breezy sheets are designed to help you stay cool when you’re sweating at night while sleeping.
Because of Kitelinens’ hybrid design, our sheets that keep you cool are excellent sheets if you sweat at night because they allow you to easily kick one (or both!) legs out from under the sheet. Dual side slits in our sheets help prevent trapped body heat from making it too steamy in bed. More breathability = less sweat in the sheets. Just kick one or both feet out of the sheets for instant cooling relief without making a mess of your sheets.
Get the heat out of the bed sheets with Kitelinens’ hybrid design
At the foot of the bed, Kitelinens sheets’ extra long length and deep pocket design prevents trapped toes. Our sheets give you the freedom to move around and adjust to a cooler sleeping position. No feeling constricted, and no trapped heat in the sheets! That means when you sleep with our sheets, you sleep cool and get better rest.
Breezy bed sheets with breathability at night
In addition to the unique hybrid design of our sheets, Kitelinens sheets will help you get relief from night sweats thanks to the material used to make them: high-quality, ethically-sourced cotton sateen. Cool cotton sateen is a breathable and lightweight fabric that’s one of the best materials used for sheets because it keeps you cool at night while you sleep. So if you need sheets if you sweat at night, Kitelinens sheets are a safe buy!
What else can you do to relieve night sweats?
Besides using Kitelinens sheets if you sweat, there are a number of things you can change about your sleep environment at night to reduce the discomfort of night sweats in your sheets. As always, make sure your bedroom is a cool, cave-like environment by keeping the thermostat set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius) for the best temperature in your room at night.
- Wear breathable, cotton sleepwear
- Avoid heat-trapping bedding like wool and flannel sheets
- Avoid heat-absorbing mattresses and pillow materials like memory foam
- Sleep by a window or fan
- Before jumping in the sheets, take a cold shower