What It Means When You Sweat In Your Sleep

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Night sweats are more common than you think, and they aren’t exclusive to menopausal women. Perspiration doesn't necessarily mean you're sick, either — you could simply be wrapping yourself too warmly at night.

Jennifer Caudle, DO, assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Board-certified family physician, told Shape that "this is something that a lot of patients will ask me about — just wondering if it’s normal. And, the first thing I’d say to a young, otherwise-healthy woman is that there’s a good chance the cause is environmental.”

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If you know your comforter isn't to blame, the offender could be your medications. Dr. Caudle told Shape that possible triggers of night sweats include birth control, antidepressants, and cholesterol drugs. That said, perspiring during the night can occasionally be indicative of something more serious, like a thyroid problem — so visit your doctor if you feel unsure.

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Otherwise, as Shape explains, for a healthy woman, night sweating is probably because you are just too warm. Consider keeping your bedroom cooler, wearing lighter pajamas, or using a cooling gel pillow when you sleep.

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Click through to Shape for more about night sweating. (Shape)
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