Are you waking up covered in sweat every night

Are you waking up covered in sweat every night?

Something is weird! I am waking up drenched in sweat every night. I have not played football in the bed but I am waking up covered in sweat! I feel my health is normal but still I am waking up in cold sweat. Is anything wrong with me? Am I just stressed out? Why do i wake up sweating? I need help.

Waking up covered in sweat for no apparent reason generally happens due to Secondary Hyperhidrosis. This is a medical condition wherein your sweat glands become hyperactive, hypersensitive and overreact throughout your body producing excessive sweating on the face, armpits, soles of the feet, scalp, palms and/or torso.


It generally begins after age 25 and develops gradually to other parts of the body. It may be caused by Hyperthyroidism, Secretory Tumours, Psychiatric Disorders, Sympathetic Nervous System Disorders, Medications etc. There is nothing to be alarmed about this medical condition as it has become a common occurrence throughout the world and which can be effectively treated by medicines or surgery in extreme cases.

Symptoms of Secondary Hyperhidrosis and why do I wake up sweating:

  • There is sweating all over your body or in large areas of your body accompanied by headaches, weakness, fatigue or other symptoms.
  • You have night sweats and sweat profusely while sleeping at night.
  • Waking up drenched in sweat every night becomes a common occurrence for you.
  • You will even sweat heavily when eating.
  • Nobody in your family has this sweating problem and there is no family history of Secondary Hyperhidrosis.

What are the common causes of night sweating?

It can be caused by many medications and supplements. It can also be triggered by a multitude of medical conditions from Depression, Stress, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety etc. Sometimes even simple herbal or over the counter medicines and supplements can bring about excessive sweating.

Your body may react adversely to certain drugs and you may end up waking up sweating.  As per a report by International Hyperhidrosis Society, 50 per cent of people taking drugs like Pilocarpine, Desipramine, Tricyclic-antidepressants, Protriptyline, Nortriptyline and Zinc supplements are most likely to develop some form of excessive sweating. There are a host of other medications too which can aggravate and trigger heavy sweating in some people.

Waking up sweating or Secondary Hyperhidrosis can also happen due to medical conditions like Gout, Anxiety, Pregnancy, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Heart Disorders, Nerve Injury, Hyperthyroidism, Alcoholism, Lymphoma, Obesity, Menopause, Parkinson’s disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your waking up sweating phenomenon can also be caused by certain underlying medical conditions like fevers, loss of appetite, intolerance to heat or cold, weight change, night sweats, hot flashes, flushing, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, excessive thirst or vision change.

What are the treatment options for people waking up sweating?

In most of the cases, the doctor will make a physical examination to determine the condition of your health and may advise Iodine Starch Test. The affected areas of your skin are sprayed with a mixture of Iodine Crystals and water soluble starch. The sweat producing areas of your skin will turn black.

If secondary Hyperhidrosis is suspected, then the doctor will recommend you to perform certain imaging and laboratory tests to ascertain the underlying medical conditions.

Depending upon your condition and as a first level of systematic excessive sweat treatment, the doctor may suggest the application of commonly used topical agents like aluminium chloride solution, glutaraldehyde, anticholinergic drugs, tannic acid solutions and boric acid to the affected area.

Second level of treatment may require you to orally consume systemic drugs like anticholinergic drugs, tranquilizers or sedatives. In some cases, calcium channel blockers may be recommended. You will have to bear the unavoidable side-effects of these drugs like constipation, dry mouth, dry eyes and blurry vision.

Many doctors today are also using Botox by injecting into the affected area to treat Hyperhidrosis when all the other topical applications have failed. Botox injections are durable and generally last for many months.

New technologies like Ultrasound and MiraDry are also available for excessive sweat treatment, particularly to treat your armpits. These techniques generate energy which is directed on your sweat glands and to subsequently destroy them without disturbing the surrounding tissues. These therapies cause minimal side effects and it significantly reduces the sweating bouts.

Laser surgeries are evolving by the day and cosmetic surgeons as well as dermatologists are employing them in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis of the armpits. If armpit sweat is getting the better of your nerves, then do not despair! There is hope. You can avail the benefits of Laser surgery and free your armpits of that annoying excess sweat.

One of the best and permanent treatments of Hyperhidrosis condition is ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy). This is a surgical procedure which involves interrupting the sympathetic nerves that are responsible to cause the excessive sweating on your palms. ETS destroys a certain part of your nerve pathways which supply to your sweat glands in the skin.

You can try Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Herbal Remedies and Yoga to treat your waking up sweating problem. These holistic sciences have been curing and healing patients for a long time. Yoga, Meditation and massage therapies can restore your inner balance and equilibrium making you healthy and normal. They can slowly yet steadily relax your mind which will eliminate stress.

There are online chat groups and support groups dedicated to Hyperhidrosis. You can participate in them and seek peer support to manage your condition. These forums will also provide you an opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of various Hyperhidrosis treatments on different people. You will realize that you are not the only one who is waking up sweating!

Are you waking up covered in sweat every night?
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Are you waking up covered in sweat every night?
Are you waking up covered in sweat? You are not alone. There are many people with the same problem. You now have treatments to help you lead a quality life.

Live Sweat Free is a blog for people suffering from hyperhydrosis. Through this blog, we talk on understanding hyperhydrosis, controlling excessive sweating and solutions available.

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