Night sweats are unpleasant incidents that can interfere with your sleep, inconveniencing you and leaving you exhausted. If this is happening to you, consider the following 4 tips for dealing with night sweats:
1. Talk to Your GP
Night sweats can be caused by a broad variety of conditions. Some of them, such as menopause, are normal, harmless, expected and nothing to get overly alarmed about. Others, such as diabetes, cancer, sleep apnoea, tuberculosis, HIV, and thyroid dysfunction, are cause for attention and concern.
If you experience night sweats, and a normal and expected cause of them isn’t immediately obvious to you, it is advisable to speak with your GP about the situation as soon as possible. Your GP will be able to assist you with diagnosing the cause of your night sweats and can help you understand what actions, if any, are warranted to remedy the situation.
2. Stay Hydrated
Night sweats can be responsible for excessive amounts of fluid loss from your body. To prevent dehydration, increase your water intake accordingly. You may also find it beneficial to reduce your consumption of other substances such as alcoholic beverages that can cause or contribute to a state of dehydration.
3. Mind Your Bedding
Night sweats aren’t typically caused by a hot environment or extra warm bedding. However, the wrong bedding can aggravate your symptoms and prolong your suffering from night sweats.
The correct choice of sheets can make it much easier to beat the night sweats. First of all, you absolutely want to avoid sleeping on sheets that contain synthetic materials such as polyester. Textile industry professionals have a term they use to describe polyester’s resistance to absorbing moisture: “hydrophobic”. This hydrophobic characteristic makes the fibre most uncomfortable to be resting on during episodes of night sweats. Instead, choose sheets made from an absorbent natural fibre such as cotton or bamboo.
Bamboo is actually the ideal fibre for remaining as comfortable as possible during episodes of night sweats. Examining the analysis made in a study that was published in the Journal of Applied Research and Technology, we can conclude that bamboo fibre is generally cooler than cotton in warm environments. When you need to stay cool, bamboo sheets and bedding are the ideal choice.
4. Increase Your Vitamin B Consumption
Vitamin B deficiency can cause or contribute to episodes of night sweating. If you are deficient in vitamin B, correcting the deficiency is likely to help you reduce the instances of night sweats you’re suffering or hopefully even eliminating them all together. Your GP can help you determine whether or not you are deficient in any of the B-complex vitamins.
Vitamin B is found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, nuts, sunflower seeds, beans, peas, wild-caught salmon, pastured chicken, pastured meats, free-range eggs, yogurt, cheese and kefir.
We hope these tips are helpful to you if you’re suffering from episodes of night sweats. Again, we want to emphasize the importance of speaking with your GP if the cause of your night sweats is unknown.