Night sweats, or hyperhidrosis, are a fairly common problem, and can be a result of lots of things like infections, stress or side effects to medicine. Sometimes, however, they can be a sign of more serious complaints, which is why the first thing you should do is make an appointment to see your doctor. They'll be able to work out why you're sweating, and suggest potential changes to make tailored to your health and lifestyle.
But while you're waiting for the day of your appointment, you might like to try the following, in case they help.
Step 1: Watch Your Lifestyle
Alcohol and drugs, including smoking can be a contributing factor, so cut these out. Don't drink caffeine or any hot drinks up to three hours before you go to bed. Cut out spicy foods, acids (like citrusy fruits), sugars, fatty meats. Drink plenty of water.
Get regular exercise, but not before bed: even a bout of rigorous nookie before bed is a no-no, even hours before.
Step 2: Relax
Get a proper nighttime routine, and wind down before bed. Relax, and go to bed at the same time each night, in time to get a good 8 hours kip. Don't get worked up about the fact you might sweat, as anxiety may make things worse...!
Step 3: Keep The Bedroom Cool
Open a window if you can, or invest in a fan. The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 16 to 20 degrees celcius.
Step 4: Quick Fixes
Talcum powder can help, but may be messy once sweating occurs. Antiperspirants can block pores, although this is clearly only a temporary fix.
It might feel like wearing clothes is counter-productive, but many people report that light pyjamas and even a hat helps to regulate their body temperature. Natural fibres allow the skin to breathe better, so use those for night wear and bedding.
A cold shower before bed may also help.
Step 5: Herbal Remedies
Remember, no hot drinks before bed. But Violet, Elder and Chickweed might help lower your body temperature. Plants that are said to improve oxygen flow such as dong quai, dandelion or yellow dock may also help, as could Vitamins E and D.
Your doctor may be able to help you here, too, and be sure to consult them before use.