How to prevent night sweats in women

We normally associate sweating with a challenging gym session or a stressful day in the office, but sometimes we sweat when we least expect it – like when we’re fast asleep. This is known as nocturnal hyperhidrosis, or ‘night sweats’. Women are likely to experience night sweats at some point during their lives, and although it can feel uncomfortable, it’s usually nothing to worry about.  

Whether you want to find out how to prevent night sweats when pregnant, during the menopause, or just generally, this article outlines some tips and tricks that will help you get a comfortable, dry night’s sleep.


Night sweats in women and how to stop them

Night sweats in women can be caused by everyday factors such as stress, diet, illness, or hot temperatures. A longer list on the causes of night sweats can be found here.

Some simple changes that could make a difference include:

  • Avoid hot food and drink. Hot drinks and spicy food can cause what is known as gustatory sweating. Avoiding these triggers, especially before bed, could help reduce night sweats. 
  • Stay hydrated. This will help flush out any possible triggers, such as alcohol, caffeine or spicy food, consumed during the day. 
  • Keep cool. Wearing light, breathable bedclothes and using a thin sheet instead of a heavy duvet will help keep you cool. Try opening the window or use a fan to increase the circulation of cool air. 
  • Apply antiperspirant. Have a cold shower before bed and apply an antiperspirant. For the best protection, use a clinical-strength antiperspirant that has extra-effective protection against sweating, such as Degree® Clinical Protection. It works with your body’s chemistry to form a deep protection against sweating and odour, so you can wake up feeling clean, fresh and ready to take on the day.


Night sweats and menopause

Night sweats during menopause are common for women aged 45-55. In fact, around 70% of women experience hot flushes during the menopause. These hot flushes are caused by changing oestrogen levels in the body, which affect the body’s ability to regulate body temperature. 

The lifestyle changes listed above will help reduce night sweats. Menopause-induced hot flushes, which may contribute towards night sweats, can also be helped through maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Exercising and keeping fit can reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes, allowing you to have a more comfortable night’s sleep.


How to prevent night sweats when pregnant

Night sweats in women are common during pregnancy. Hormones and blood flow will change constantly throughout pregnancy, and your body may respond to this by sweating more to cool you down. 

Many pregnant women find they have a restless night’s sleep, but you can at least keep your underarms dry! Try using an antiperspirant before bed that will last the full night (and beyond). Degree® Antiperspirant sticks are formulated with MotionSense® technology, so as you toss and turn in the night, or get up to go to use the toilet, the microcapsules will release a burst of refreshing protection against odour, so you can go back to sleep feeling fresh and comfortable. 

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