Know why you wake up to drenched sleepwear and bed sheets

People who suffer night sweats will wake in the night to find their bedclothes and bedding drenched. This can be annoying, distressing and embarrassing. Here, experts tell you about the common causes and the treatment


  • Night sweats are repeated episodes of extreme perspiration that may soak your nightclothes or bedding and are related to an underlying medical condition or illness.
  • The medical term for night sweats is nocturnal hyperhidrosis, which means ‘night-time excessive sweating’.
  • Some of the causes are menopause, infections, antidepressant medications stress and alcohol or drug misuse and so on.
  • Lifestyle modifications and medications can help you tackle it.

 Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “Nights sweats are commonly seen in people. It occurs when you have infections. It can be infective and non-infective. Non-infective includes menopause and andropause symptoms. So, treat the underlying cause.”

Dr Samdani lists out the causes:

  • Infections: Tuberculosisis the infection most commonly associated with night sweats
  • Sweating or flushing can be seen with several hormone disorders
  • lymphoma
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Low blood sugar can cause sweating
  • Elderly people who have autonomic dysfunction
  • Antidepressant medications

According to Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital, Night sweats can cause due to:

Dr Gautam Bhansali tells you how to treat it:

  • Lifestyle modifications can help in tackling it. Sleep on time. Do not consume spicy or oily food before sleeping. Do not sleep immediately after eating food and exercise regularly.