Sweating While Sleeping

Natural Solutions to Night Sweats

There are several prescription drugs you can take to deal with night sweats. You can also try to figure out a natural solution to what's making you sweat at night.

The first and most obvious place to look is the thermostat. While most doctors recommend a sleeping temperature of 65 to 72 degrees, everyone is different, and you should experiment to figure out what makes you comfortable. For most people, that means lowering the thermostat, because a mild drop in body temperature tends to induce sleep in many people. If you sleep with a partner who prefers a warmer or cooler temperature, try using several light layers of bedding [source: WebMD the Magazine].

Eliminating probable causes of stress and anxiety is also a good idea. Nervousness, anxiety and sweat are common causes of excessive sweating -- both during the day and at night. So if you're getting married or interviewing for a new job, it's to be expected that you'll sweat a bit more than usual. But if the night sweats continue several weeks after the big day, you should probably get it checked out.

Many men who suffer from night sweats associated with andropause (or male menopause) take black cohosh tea or black cohosh supplements. Black cohosh is a native plant found in many parts of North America that is commonly used in Native American medicine for a wide variety of diseases. Red clover is another medicinal herb that is taken to ease the severity of hot flashes and associated night sweats, though studies have shown inconclusive results [source: Pray ]. Because of a lack of hard data to support it, the use of red clover is somewhat controversial. Still, it is commonly sold at health food stores [source: Office of Dietary Supplements].

Both men and women have been known to take herbal remedies, like sage tea and motherwort, to deal with night sweats. Sage tea is said to be calming and is often taken to help mitigate stress, and motherwort, an herb in the mint family, is said to help the nerves and circulatory system, which both directly affect night sweats [source: Women's Radio].

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