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I’m 28: What’s the Deal With Night Sweats?
11.07.16
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My favorite thing in the whole wide world is waking up as though I engaged in a water balloon fight just moments before my alarm went off. It is very relaxing, not at all disconcerting and starts the day on just the right note, which obviously means “soaking wet.” Sometimes I like to seduce my bed partners — non-platonic ones and best friends who are too lazy to leave my apartment after a bottle of wine — by letting them know that “it might seem like I peed the bed in the morning, but it won’t be pee, just sweat.” And every once in a while, when people ask me why a nice girl without a serious criminal record like me is single, I think about that pre-sleep disclaimer and then ask to be excused from the room/my general life.

This whole night sweating thing started about five years ago when I was 23 and not menopausal. It has recently started happening regularly, but still sporadically enough that it’s become one of those things that could happen, like a surprise party, only a bit more guaranteed and without the stress of wondering if everyone’s mad at you.

When it became fodder for a Man Repeller story, the first thing I did was take it to Google. You know how that always goes.

Then I found this potentially sketchy website called helpfornightsweats.com. It’s sketchy because it doesn’t end in .org, but if I still eat hard-boiled eggs from the deli and have lived to type that sentence, reading some crap can’t kill me.

Unhelpfully, it said this: “It is important to note that many times there is no identifiable cause for them [night sweats in women under 30].” That answer is always so frustrating. Twice, the pupil of my right eye dilated so wide you could barely see my iris while the left pupil shrank. I had all of these brain scans and didn’t do acid so the doctors were kind of just like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

PLZ EXCUSE THE SELF TAKEN PHOTO BUT LOOK AT MY FUCKING EYEBALLS.

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Not buying it with this sweating business. At least be real with me like WebMD and tell me I’m dying.

The website listed off some potentially viable causes, but I wanted to run those by a doctor. As for the more obvious causes (a room that is too hot) it was like, no shit, WEBSITE DEDICATED TO NIGHT SWEATS; I have already tried different “sleep environment” permutations, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

During a real bout of it, where the night sweats were happening every night, I tried every option I could think of: I made my room cold, I made my room hot. (I thought that maybe I was shivering a ton when I slept with the window open, causing me to sweat.) I slept with no clothes, moderate clothes, bundled neck-to-toe. There are these sheets that you can buy at Bed, Bath & Beyond that are supposed to keep you cool — but nope. Nothing seemed to work, or if it did work, I couldn’t isolate the incident.

“Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis,” proposes the site. “This is basically a fancy way of saying excessive perspiration without any known cause.” Ugh. Doctor time.

Because the menopausal women in my life kept telling me this was a hormonal issue, I spoke with Dr. Suzanne Fenske, OBGYN and full-time assistant professor in gynecology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She gave me the run-down:

1. Night sweats are a common symptom of menopause. The average age of menopause is 51. If you’re 40 to 60, you’re within normal range. There is such a thing as premature menopause. There is also such a thing as premature ovarian failure. I’d have to get tested for both but she didn’t seem convinced this was it.

2. Assuming we’re ruling out menopause and premature menopause, she said we had to first look constitutionally at other symptoms:

– Do I have a fever?
– Besides night sweats, do I have other signs of infections? Serious infections can cause night sweats, as can certain cancers.

just got my blood checked for literally everything and had a full physical, so even though I panicked here, I’m going to trust the lab results.

3.  Often, medications are the cause, like anti-depressants. 10 to 15% of women on anti-depressants can get night sweats. Other medications that cause night sweats:

– Diabetes medicine
– Drugs in the triptan class (for migraines and cluster headaches)
– Gonadatripon-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonists
– Medications to prevent the return of breast cancer
– Medications that treat endometriosis

Here’s the thing: I take none of these.

4. Night sweats can be endocrine-related, so you have to rule out a thyroid dysfunction.

5. Another cause: Pheochromocytoma, or high elevated blood pressure. But again to # 4 and 5, remember that I just got the results cleared from a recent blood test, and I had a physical.

6. Over the counter NSAID drugs that lower your body temperature (like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophe) can cause night sweats because your body tries to regulate the drop later. I take these, but not as frequently as I wake up after a nice little dive.

7. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea or night terrors.

A friend of mine just broke his elbow because he fell out of bed from a night terror, so I was pretty sure night terrors weren’t the cause. When I wake up in my most favorite state, it’s in the morning and with my alarm, not a panicked cold-sweat. But sleep apnea — something that I’d always attributed to dads with thick necks — sounded interesting.

I spoke with Dr. Maha Ahmad of the Sleep Disorder Institute in New York City. She confirmed that they’re related, and that sleep apnea did not just affect men, but also women and children. Because the disorder causes brief arousals out of sleep, your sympathetic nervous system surges (a flight or fight reaction), which causes you to sweat.

When I asked her what tends to prompt her patients to seek diagnosis — the night sweats, or suspicion of sleep apnea — she said that usually, people come in because of “bothersome snoring or daytime sleepiness.” Or, a doctor will notice that their patient has high blood pressure, then ask if he snores. I have asked bed partners of mine this very question before.

I do not snore, against all odds. Although at this point it would only add to my sleeping character.

Because I ruled out nearly everything on Dr. Fenske’s list (and she debunked some theories that I brought with me: night sweats are a symptom of birth control; too much caffeine can cause night sweats — no and no), she gave me two conclusions.

1) I should keep a diary to log how often the fun happens and what I did/ate/drank each day it does.

2) That I really should see a sleep specialist.

I’ve yet to make the appointment, but I am so excited to meet the doctor. I already know what I’m going to say: “It might seem like I peed the bed in the morning, but it won’t be pee.”

And she’ll probably be like, “No sweat.”

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If you’re experiencing similar symptoms, please use the below as forum to discuss your experiences, but please also talk to your doctor, since I am not one! Illustration by Emily Zirimis.

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  • kellymcd

    I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS IRRITATING PROBLEM.

    Just last night I woke up covered in a fine layer of sweat and proceeded to take off my pajamas. I’m never hot when I get night sweats, quite the opposite actually. It is beyond uncomfortable.

    I’ll just chalk it up to my anti-depressants 🙁

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know I’m usually cold, too!

      • kellymcd

        Cold and sweaty at the same time is so confusing

        • Amelia Diamond

          like coming out of bikram yoga whyyyyy

  • Lindsay D

    I GET THESE TOO!!!

    I have no idea why either, my doctor gave me ambien and some rules to follow to help me sleep thru the night. This made the sweats less frequent. My boyfriend finds it hilarious, he’s less grossed out than me.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Do you also have trouble sleeping (asking because Ambien)

      • Lindsay D

        My main issue is staying asleep, I fall asleep quick. I’ll wake up about 5 hours later and struggle to fall back asleep. It was driving me nuts. Out of these nights only some are sweaty. Ambien really helped me get on a good sleep schedule.

        • Amelia Diamond

          Oh see… I am a dead person when I sleep. But that’s so great it’s working for you!

  • belladonna_16

    Interesting. I am now 40, but have been having night sweats periodically since my 20s. I generally attribute it to being cold when I go to sleep, so bundling up, and then being too hot later. I actually started keeping a towel next to my bed so that when I wake up soaked, I can wipe off and then move to the dry side of the bed (yeah, I’m single). So gross. Maybe it was the anti-depressants, which I don’t take anymore (although, I was a bit sweaty the other night…). Anyway, weird and annoying, and I am glad it’s not Only Me.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know there’s something to the bundling up I guess but I feel like I’ve tried so many different ways!

  • Lily J

    Me tooooooo! I’m 21 and wake up several nights a week and my neck/upper body are drenched in sweat 🙁
    I talked to my dad about it and he said the same thing happened to him during his grad school years….I sleep with my window open and few layers and don’t take anti-depressants, but still wake up sweat-yyy.
    I’m chalking it up to stress/anxiety :/ it seems as if the anxiousness I moderately keep together during the day quite literally comes out at night (ew)

    • Amelia Diamond

      ARGHHHTHE WORST

    • SAAAAAAME! I think this is the only thing that makes sense. Amelia you are my hero for talking about this

  • Thank god I’m not the only one! My night sweats started at 23 as well and I haven’t been able to figure out the cause. I kind of wish the birth control thing was true- I’ve gotten pretty comfortable blaming all my other ailments on my nexplanon implant.

    • Amelia Diamond

      ha yea I’m used to blaming everything on my bc too

    • prairie_dogs

      I actually wonder if the bc thing IS true– there are tons of other symptoms associated with birth control that doctors ignored for a long time because they couldn’t be completely clinically proven (like the mood changes and low libido associated with bc were ignored for years!). Hormonal implants seem like a pretty reasonable cause to trigger night sweats, which are associated with hormonal spikes.
      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Samantha Lee

    Oh my goodness, so glad I’m not alone! However it happens so infrequently that I’ve attributed it to my husband’s body heat and being trapped under the same covers. It really is the most unpleasant thing – it always happens to me in the middle of the night, so I have to try to fall back asleep on sweaty sheets, which is SUPER FUN. -___-
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

    • Amelia Diamond

      always middle of the night like a nice 4 am !

      • CM

        Amelia, I’m late to the party on this article, but I’m shocked your doctor did not mention hormone fluctuations as a cause. I am an Ayurvedic practitioner, and experienced night sweats myself, but was able to cure them with the use of Shatavari, which is an herb that is used to balance hormones. The reason they are a common symptom of menopause is because of the hormonal changes that are occurring (often lower estrogen levels). Hormonal fluctuation can happen at any age from a myriad of reasons, i.e. birth control, stress, that time of the month, etc. Please give Shatavari a try (or at least look it up), there are no side effects. Good luck!!

  • YNMD

    I get em too, but its because of my antidepressants. So gross. What’s your bedsheet strategy? I’m getting real bored with changing mine every damn day.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I rotate sheets once a week no matter what (clean freak) but if this happens then I just swap. V E R Y annoying

    • Sara W

      I used to sleep on a towel…not super comfy. But way easier than changing the sheets every time, plus since it usually only happened once a night, I could ditch the damp towel and then sleep like a normal human the rest of the night.

      • I use a yoga towel, sometimes they’re super cheap at Marshall’s and quite soft.

  • Taste of France

    Alcohol? If I have wine with dinner, I wake up around 3 all sweaty. But then, I’m relatively old.

    • Amelia Diamond

      yea but i don’t drink at night even though i write like i do!

      • Marina Doshkevich

        But alcohol is sugar too. So if refined sugar really does cause this for some people( BIG if, of course) then so would alcohol. Just a thought.

  • Sara Hill

    I get them too, they’re a symptom of my lyme disease. Don’t read the symptom list, because you’ll automatically think you have it (it happens to everyone who looks). But if this persists, along with other major symptoms, it’s worth a look.

    • Amelia Diamond

      that would show up in blood tests though right?

      • Marta

        You need a very specific test for Lyme disease. Reg premature ovarian failure, it’s worth checking – it’s only some bloodwork to measure FSH levels and an ultrasound on day 3/4 of your cycle. I actually think all women after 25 should get it once a year (as much as we get a pap-smear) – more info = more power

        • Amelia Diamond

          interesting to both. i’m talking to my dr! (scared!)

      • Sara Hill

        Unfortunately, no – not a generic blood lab. The most reputable tests for Lyme are run through IGeneX and even then there is a high percentage of false negatives.

        Your team should look into doing a story on the healthcare issues surrounding Lyme, it’s a big mess.

  • The Fluffy Owl

    happens to me all the time, for me it’s anxiety related, grind my teeth too…

    • Amelia Diamond

      hmmm maybe it is just anxiety??

      • The Fluffy Owl

        could be, anything really eating at you?

  • Suzan

    Huh, I get these random night sweats too and actually wake up gasping (when my sheets are cold and sticky from the sweat) like I’m in a horror movie because of it. It’s my least favourite night time activity.

    I have chalked it up to stress, just like Lily J above comments, which is an easy enough (and sorta elusive) thing to blame it on. Also because I had them more frequently when I was working on my thesis (which I made into a horribly drawn out process and ultimately a race against the clock, turns out I don’t like writing theses!) and less now my life is more balanced.

    I’m surprised stress hasn’t come up with the sleep doctor, but then again, it’s such a vague cause in general (and I guess subjective/hard to define/sometimes subconcious). Keep us posted on your sweaty sleepy diary! Curious to see if you can come to any conclusions!

    • Lorange E

      If you’re waking up gasping, you might wanna get checked out for apnea? The gasping thing could be that you’re not breathing properly at night.

      • Amelia Diamond

        also this

      • Suzan

        Thank you for your concern! I luckily don’t have any other symptoms of sleep apnea and the gasping thing occurs very rarely (I think it’s literally being startled from the cold wet sheets when I get into a light part of the sleeping cycle). So I just sorta decided it’s part of my life? Sounds a bit lazy now I type it out 😉

    • Amelia Diamond

      yours too! the gasping thing sounds like cold sweats from anxiety but i literally know nothing. ask your dr about this though!!

  • Andrea M

    I sweat like crazy while sleeping, especially in my upper body. My mom thought it could be cancer (she worries about many many things), but just like you, everything is fine and I take no medications. I just attribute it to having big boobs and call it a day. The fact that if I sleep with a tshirt on I sweat way more confirms (?) this. So I just wouldn’t worry 😉

    • Amelia Diamond

      OK OK

  • Penny

    I get them when I eat refined sugar! My mom said she started getting the same thing around 30 as well.

    • Amelia Diamond

      well now that is interesting. you’ve isolated this??

    • hellokitka

      Same! Tracked it (albeit unscientifically) – sugar is the #1 cause, dairy is #2.

  • Lorange E

    I get night sweats too and can’t figure out a pattern either. My dad gets them as well and he’s always attributed it to too many layers when you’re cold and going to bed. He suggested I throw off the top blanket just before I fall asleep. It seems to help somewhat. These days I keep a spare set of pajamas next to the bed so I can find them and change in the dark. Much easier to fall back asleep in dry pajamas.

    • Amelia Diamond

      agree. ugh wet pjs!

  • Kate Barnett

    wait so the special dri-fit sheets don’t help????

    • Amelia Diamond

      hi and no 🙁

  • I had a life changing, get the hell away from me hot flashing perimenopause (because menopause is supposed to be the AFTER picture I guess), so the part where I start sweating about a half second before I really wake up is just a light entertainment. I’m thinking it’s stress for me. I still have parenting terror with the teens (how many of their friends have killed themselves? Too damn many), so that makes sense.
    Remember kids, do not DO NOT read WebMD before bedtime. It’s all cancer. In the film “50/50”, the big symptom the guy has is night sweats.
    I hate that film.

  • louise

    +1 for it’s sugar. I had this all my life, since I was like 14 or something, at least once a week. Fall asleep, heat up to nuclear temperature, wake up soaking. One boyfriend said he was seriously worried about spontaneous human combustion (he did a lot of research into this phenomenon, which freaked me out more than it offended me.) Then….after I gave up sugar & refined carbs I realised that it had completely vanished. I am now safe around flammable materials! yay

  • Billee

    i’m taking steroids for IBD and wake up 1-2x/night soaked thru my tee shirt and put a towel on top of the sheet. hopefully finish the meds this week. reason i bring this up is that the steroids produce cortisol and impact the immune system. get tested for cortisol levels and all autoimmune diseases not just thyroid.

    • Amelia Diamond

      adding to list!

  • Jessica

    I had night sweats on and off for a few years and on Christmas 2014 I was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So while I get why we sometimes make jokes about things we can’t explain or otherwise make us feel uncomfortable, this isn’t a joke. Making light of night sweats in a public forum may mislead people into thinking they can read this article and diagnose the cause of their night sweats. Night sweats are usually coupled with other symptoms that may be the sign of something serious. You’re not a doctor and so I find your article to be incredibly irresponsible.

    • Amanda

      I’ve had night sweats on & off for a couple years. I’ve also had 2 rounds of metabolic and blood testing – nothing came up. Some people just have night sweats for no reason. Why is it irresponsible to write about an experience she and other women have?

  • E

    OMG THANK YOU I literally googled the same shit 3 days ago and read the same dumb articles about cool your room off. I’m 25. I never know when it will happen but my latest theory is too much sugar late in the day? Idk but this post is everything thank you we should have a support group lolz

  • Alexandra

    Same here! I’m keeping a food diary and working with a nutritionist hoping I can figure it out! I’m 33 btw

  • Sara W

    I’m 41. Been having night sweats off and on since mid 20s. Wasn’t linked to anything that I ever figured out, including the pill. BUT – now that I’ve had Mirena for 3 years, it has completely stopped. Hasn’t happened once since that hellish insertion.

  • I doubt its sleep related. My money is on Thyroid dysfunction and/or adrenal fatigue and/or blood sugar (and all three of those are related). What tests did the doctor send you to rule out anything thyroid related? Sometimes your labs can be normal, but you may still have symptoms. Did you get Anti TPO and other antibody tests for Hashimoto and/or Graves disease? Check those out. I have Hashimoto and whenever I’m not doing well with my immune system and thyroid, I get night sweats. Also if I eat too much sugar, but that also depends on how your body processes sugar and each body is different.
    Hope that helps!
    xo
    Maristella

  • Jackie

    Do you have a memory foam mattress? I got rid of mine and got a wool mattress and now I’m much less sweaty at night!

    • Amelia Diamond

      I do actually!! But it’s sooo soft don’t make meee

  • Frances

    check out barbara hoffman on youtube and her website. she has a great skin care line that i swear by, and i recently started using her natural progesterone cream. (for menstraring women). it helped me with this issue, insomnia, as well as PMS. would be curious what she would tell you about this, u can call and speak to her directly! or email. this is not an ad … i’m a real person just sharing information 😉

  • Lis

    I’m 34; this has been happening to me since my late 20s – no idea why, although in general I have a really strong anxiety-leads-to-sweat response (super fun!) so I think nightmares could be to blame. It’s gross. I wake up and have to change my shirt when it happens, and it’s not heat because I wake up feeling cold. I’m so glad it’s not just me!!

  • Mariana Gazinhato

    I was reading and making a list of the things I should get checked out until I got to the ~diabetes medicine. I have diabetes type 1 since I was six and I have always felt soooo hoooooot (not the good kind of hot).

    I carry a hand fan around, I’m always fanning myself. I have a fan right by my bed and it’s always on, I love it, we’re besties

  • Alyssa

    Try acupuncture! It will address so many different symptoms that go together in ways you would never think! No sleep study needed, just a few tiny needles..Your acupuncturist will discover things about you no lab test or study ever could

    • AmeliaBee

      RT^

  • Amanda Orlando

    This was a great read!

  • Cristina

    Ugh, I get nightsweats too. Most of my twenties, now I’m 30. Sometimes mild, sometimes drenched. Wet baby hairs on my neck are the WORST. I also sleep strip, if you can attribute that back to an illness? Several times I have woken up to find my shirt on the floor. Once, it was a long sleeve button down. On the floor. NOT UNBUTTONED. I don’t know how I Houdini’d my way out of that in my sleep, but I did. Another time, I woke up with a shirt ringing me around my neck, which wasn’t pleasant. I even bought a pillow that’s got “cool gel” in it or something. What a waste. So far, my favorite sheet sets are performance cotton. They are NOT warm and fuzzy, almost like a dri-fit cotton blend. But I keep a fan on all year round. My poor husband sleeps in under armour in the winter hahaha.

  • Sorry about the sweats, but your eyes are crazy!!

  • I have night sweats too and I also excluded all the causes mentioned by the doctors, but here’s what I can tell. I noticed my night sweats, strangely enough, always happen during the cold season, but It’s not because of the clothes.

    I think it’s more related to muscular relaxation, here’s why: in the colder months I really suffer low temperatures and no matter how heated is the room, my hands and feet are always cold with very little blood circulation. But when I go to bed and start breathing from the diaphragm and deeply relaxing my body temperature rises A LOT and very quickly, so around 3 o’ clock I wake up to change my pj : D

    Anyways, I just figured out that my muscles and vessels are in tension all day because of the cold and once they start relaxing they kind of release all this warmth because oxygenated blood finally finds a way through every vein, sort of?

  • Marina Doshkevich

    Usually its due to either taking a medication, or stopping a medication. Do you use anything with regularity, or have you recently? It will hopefully work itself out. Your body seems to think that it either needs something that is not in its blood sttream, or that thjere is something in the bloodstream that it does not want to be there.

  • LS

    I have the same issue of sporadic night sweats that only started around age 23/24. I am 29. The idea that I am falling out of sleep and triggering the nervous system might make the most sense. I often feel like I am in and out of sleep throughout the night. I have also had blood tests done recemtly with no abnormal results.

  • Myfanwy Hood

    Between the night sweats and the asymmetrical pupil dilation, I’d be getting MRI/CT scans done. Not sure how your healthcare system works over there (I’m in Australia) and if scans are really expensive, but if you can afford it, I’d really recommend it. Those are both pretty serious symptoms 🙁

  • Alex

    I’ve been experiencing them off and on for the last few years. I’m pretty sure my antidepressant makes me sweatier than usual on a day-to-day basis, but I’ve been on one since I was 19 (now 31) and the night sweating didn’t start for several years.

    They seem to be triggered on days when I do a heavier-than-usual workout or 2/day, but it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. It’s not like my body isn’t getting enough time to cool down – last time it happened the evening after I had done a 7:30am class.

  • I am 24 and I randomly started getting them last year too! I’d love to hear what happens when you go to the sleep specialist.
    Sassofstyle.com

  • Emily Fischer

    BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that the chemical compound acts the same way that hormones do so that it can be received by the endocrines and change the way that your natural hormones are made or controlled. BPA can enter your body even through your pores, and receipt paper especially is covered in it. It is mostly in thin, cheap, single use plastic (water bottles, plastic food containers, etc.) It has been hard to conduct studies on BPA’s direct effect on hormones since there are so many different factors that affect our hormones.

    • Emily Fischer

      Not saying it could only be this but just some food for thought! The hormonal balance is so fragile.

  • erikaconstancce

    Oh my god!! I got so happy when I saw the title. I’ve been having chronic night sweats for like 3 years now. So many times I’ve gone to bed w my hair cleaned and straightened just to have to wash it all over again after sweating like crazy all night. The struggle is real! Thank you for sharing.

  • carla uriarte

    I have been waking up in a puddle of sweat and it is quite alarming.

    I also pee in the middle of the night. I also drink a lot of water mid sleep.

    Maybe it is one of those things that have no real meaning. Do you know what I mean ? Life’s mystery wrapped up in itself and multiplied by twelve.

    carlauriarte.com

  • Bailey

    I get them when I eat “bad”. Pretty strong correlation between too much wine, too much sugar, too much gluten, or fat and without fail…night sweats. I notice it post pot stickers and wine night, post pasta tasting menu, post going apeshit at the movie theater concession stand. All of these things bring the sweats for me…I don’t have any actual diagnosed food allergies though so it’s tough to know what the deal is.

  • Vanessa

    I was getting these and was diagnosed with Lyme disease and babesia. Since starting treatment for babesia, the sweats completely disappeared!!

    • AmeliaBee

      I have them from Lyme also– except that I don’t usually get them at night. I only usually get them if I try to sleep during the day (after treatment or taking a nap). It is so confusing! Love you Lyme mate!

  • Taylor Dignard

    Word for word, this is me. I’m 22 and I’ve been dealing with this since I was 20. It turns out that my hands and feet sweat excessively during the day time as well, as an added bonus. My doctor has diagnosed this as hyperhydrosis, and apparently the only cure is to either inject Botox into your sweat glands or electro therapy treatments which are only effective for 15% percent of people.

    I intend to go the Botox route, but this doesn’t help with the night sweating problem :/ I’m not so sure it’s possible/safe to Botox your whole bod, like it has to come out somewhere.

  • Astor MacKree

    I dealt with this for years (I am 47 now but it started in my early 30’s and I was pretty confident it wasn’t early menopause). During random Googling in search of a solution, I found a small item about B12 anemia being a possible cause. I tried supplementing with B12 and boom – problem went away. All the way away. And still is not a problem today, unless I stop taking the B12.

  • Lana Burge

    Might have to do with eating right before bed?! I always wake up soaked in sweat if I eat dinner 2-3 hours before bed

  • JZRL

    Amelia.. for some reason I started getting them about a year ago too. Near the time I moved to NYC from UK. Very similar manifestation to yours, and no clear explanation. I even tend to run cold at night so like to be bundled up… But, basically, I’ve found that one thing that seems to affect them is the type of sheets I use. The higher thread count ones aren’t breathable (even though they’re meant to be more ‘luxurious’). I find that when I’m using my amazing Parachute linen ones, though, that I don’t wake up in a puddle. With my brooklinen cotton ones that are really high thread count, I do. Seriously recommend trying the Parachute ones. They’re beautiful and totally worth the money… Blush color is gorgeous, and they just released a coal color too. Good luck!

  • Aza

    Amelia.. I started having them too a couple years ago. My doctor actually said it was probably because of birth control. I stopped taking birth control a year and a half ago now, also because I would get migraines around my period. Since then I haven’t had a nightly sweat once! I don’t understand why your doctor would say it can’t be because of birth control. Maybe it’s the difference between US and Dutch doctors, I feel in the Netherlands more and more people are starting to question birth control, also within medicine.
    Do you also have them mostly around the time of your period? If I remember correctly, mine would happen in the couple of days prior to getting my period and I’d have them for 3 of 4 night in a row.

  • Nicole J.

    OMG. I read this article days ages ago and laughed my ass off because I, too, am 27 and do the same inexplicable weird shit when I sleep.

    This morning, for the billionth time this year, I woke up naked and felt damp sheets on the other side of the bed. I’m pretty certain I somehow take off my wet pijamas incoherently in the middle of the night and move to the other side–this theory is inconclusive tho, could be the boogie man paying me a post-shower visit honestly.

    But today I think I figured it out, because I remembered that I went to bed with wet hair and my room is frigid cold. I think when I do this, I lose a lot of body heat out of the top of my head, and feel cold, so snuggle under my heavy down comforter until I turn that shit into a sauna. There’s a head-body disconnect.

    I think my room is too cold, my head is too wet, and my blankets are too heavy. Solution? Don’t be stupid and go to bed with wet hair when it’s cold, wear more layers to bed and lighter bedding? Always keep one eye open for the boogie man tho.

  • LDUBS

    So glad to have read this! I hadn’t really thought much about this but have definitely been getting this a lot recently. On ADs, but I also know that my diet at the moment is crap, and this may be yet another result of that! Great to discover am not alone 😉

  • Mayah

    I also starting getting night sweats in my 20s. Although waking up in a pool of your own body fluids is pretty gross I kinda brushed it off as one of those things and never really understood why I got them – they always seemed to happen randomly. Apparently my power of observation isn’t all that great because it was my boyfriend at the time who informed me that I “go into furnace mode just before my period”. Bingo. Turns out progesterone raises your internal body temperature and there’s not much you can do about it…yay?

  • Jessie Jackson

    I used Certain Dri and it has contained my night sweats from getting out of hand. IT also has contained my excessive armpit sweating, but that is not what this topic is about. If you apply this product after you take a shower and your body is completely dry, it can work for night sweats too. I get at least three days of coverage from one application. During the day, this antiperspirant deodorant give me control during the night, which has been a direct connection to why I have insomnia. It’s almost impossible to be able to sleep perfectly while your body feels like the Atlantic Ocean. During the day or even at night, this tops any product that I have tried in the past and gives me relief at night so that I can sleep without needing a towel each time I wake up. I sill get sweat on my back, but at least I know that I can control most of the really bad areas like my underarms. This is the best antiperspirant for excessive sweating on the market.