Watch what you wear
Loose-fitting clothing is better when you’re prone to sweating. At any time of the day or night. Ditch synthetic fabrics in favour of natural, more breathable materials such as cotton, bamboo or silk.
Buy new bedlinen
If your bed linen has been produced using man-made fabrics, then replacing it with natural fabrics can help. Cotton is preferable to synthetics, and bamboo is even better. The top choice, though, has to be silk.
If this leaves you wondering who on earth can afford pure silk sheets, there is a simple way to sleep on silk without such expense. Invest in a pure silk pillowcase, and you can reap many of the benefits of natural silk. It’s where you rest your head, and can make your skin and hair smoother.
Silk can also have a cooling effect, as it’s thermo-regulating. This means that sleeping on silk can help prevent night sweats, ensuring you sleep deeper and for longer.
Don’t go to bed hot
If you retire for the night feeling hot, then your chances of waking up due to night sweats is surely increased. If you tend to feel the heat at night, avoid taking a late bath or shower that can raise your body temperature. The same goes for hot food and drinks, and exercise.
Anything that can raise your body temperature should be avoided during the last hour or so before bed. Getting between the sheets while you’re feeling overheated will only transfer that excess heat to your bed linen and mattress, where it may well be retained for some time.
Watch what you eat
What you eat can also impact your sleep, by causing night sweats. Spicy food can be a culprit, so avoid curries and other hot dishes if you can. Especially if you tend to eat these later on in the day.
Cut down on alcohol
If you’ve ever woken up after overindulging at the pub or a party, then you’ll know that too much alcohol can keep you up at night. More than one or two units can be enough to cause sweating during hours of darkness.
Cut it out altogether to see if you notice the difference. Or at least try to limit your intake when you really need to get a good night’s rest!
If you don’t deal with worries and anxiety during the day, then the chances are that those stresses will come back to bite you at night. Talk to a friend, write it down, take steps to deal with issues that concern you or make a plan of action.