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What is "Night Sweats"

"Night sweats" is heavy sweating that occurs during sleep.

  • Night sweats usually drench bed clothing and bedding.
  • Night sweats can cause waking up because of discomfort due to web bed clothes or wet bedding.

Causes of night sweats:

  • Cancer: Night sweats are a symptom that often accompany chemotherapy.
  • HIV: Night sweats often accompany HIV. Sometimes night sweats are due to HIV and sometimes to a particular treatment.
  • In General: Night sweats can be caused by a variety of additional causes. One of the most common is menopause.

Treatment of night sweats:

  • There is currently no treatment that eliminates night sweats.
  • Living with night sweats can be made easier by:
    • Wrapping your mattress in a plastic covering to prevent the moisture from seeping into the mattress.
    • Bed clothes that wick away the moisture.
    • Some people find relief from drinking a cool glass of water.
    • Try a cooling pillow. To learn more, see: 

If you have night sweats:

  • Check your temperature in case the night sweats are caused by a fever. You can do this if you awake in the middle of the night, or you can do it during the day. Fever tends to be highest about 6:00PM.
  • Tell your doctor or other health care provider about your night sweats and other symptoms. Survivorship A to Z provides a chart to help you keep track of symptoms between doctor visits. When you are ready to go to the doctor, a push of a button turns the chart into easy-to-read graph format.. (See "To Learn More".)

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