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Stay Dry - Excessive Night Sweats

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be somewhat of a scourge to your daily well-being. It can ruin clothes, cause unpleasant odours, and generally be a source of growing embarrassment and discomfort throughout the day.

A flare-up at night, though, can be even worse.
While in the day, you can put measures in place to control an unexpected breakout of hyperhidrosis – like the application of Shield’s premier range of hygiene technologies that provide all-day sweat and odour protection and keep you fresh and dry.

Night sweats, though, can happen when you’re trying to get the rest you need to be productive in the day. If you often find yourself in the grip of late-night sweat-attacks, but aren’t sure why they’re happening, or how to banish them, Shield has a quick-solution guide to help you cool down.
First, though, let’s have a look at some of the causes and symptoms of night sweats.

Causes & Symptoms Of Night Sweats

A number of factors contribute given onsets of excessive night sweats. These vary in reason, and could be seen as an underlying health condition, or, simply, what we’ve put into our body, and how active we’ve been during the day.
Here are a few of the most common causes:


Some medications have been shown to be the cause of excessive night sweats – these could include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Serotonin uptake inhibitors
  • Some medication containing steroids

What’s more, and in a twist of irony, even some medications that we take to counter the onset of fever – like aspirin – could be the very cause of associated nocturnal sweat attacks.


The inevitable changes in the body that come with menopause’s arrival, have long been tied directly to the hot flashes a large percentage of women report, when going through this life stage.
These hot flashes usually don’t last too long, but they can occur multiple times, and at all hours – even while sleeping, causing severe sweating at night.

Caffeine, Alcohol & All That Spicy Food

Many an increase in sweating at night can be directly linked to the food and drink we choose to put into our body, during the day, and into the evening.


Caffeine is a common culprit – many coffee drinkers who partake in excess, or too close to bedtime, suffer the sleeping issues that come with caffeine’s notorious ability to interrupt sleep, coupled with the generalised sweating that may come with its heart rate-lifting side effects.


Alcohol does much to increase heart rate, and expand the blood vessels in the skin, which may cause you to sweat at night. Consider cutting back, or cutting-out alcohol entirely to improve sleep and overall health.

Spicy Food

A lot of us indulge in the odd spicy meal, here and there. The chemicals in spicy food trigger certain heat receptors in the body, causing it to react against that unexpected state, and counter it with a defensive cool-down technique – sweating. Depending on the heat and the proximity to sleep that consumption occurs, the body may have to deploy extra protocols to fend off overheating – severe sweating at night may then occur.

How To Stop Excessive Night Sweating

The good news is, that for all of the discomfort and inconvenience night sweats can cause, there are a few things you can do to fend off its interference:


If you’re a sufferer of nighttime sweats, you have options in bedding and comfort that help you maintain optimal body temperature throughout the night.
If you’re prone to severe sweating at night, lend some care to your sleeping environment. Your sheets and duvets, for example, can be layered according to the season, and for ease of removal, should sweating set in.

What you wear to bed will also help you maintain optimal temperature. Choose the pajama that will help you maintain optimal body temperature – light and not too restrictive.

Then, according to the ambient temperature, combine the right bedding and pajamas to deftly craft a sleeping environment that you can manipulate to achieve best comfort.

Tools To Staying Cool

Again, it’s about using the cooling tools at your disposal to create a sleeping environment that promotes ease in body temperature maintenance.
A great tip is to keep a glass of cold water next to the bed. If night sweats settle in, a cool drink is a quick and sure-fire way to get back to normality.
Use fans – ceiling or countertop and keep them trained on you. Then, if severe sweating at night threatens, a flick of a switch will give you the relief you seek.

Lastly, make use of your shower. If all else fails, that cold tap is a great prover of heat quenching power.

Control The Temperature

It boils down to controlling your temperature. Use the above tips to make your sleeping environment one of comfort, and devoid of heat – optimal temperature in the bedroom goes the distance in staving off pesky sweaty moments.

These are the directives and tips you can use to make sure excessive night sweats don’t ruin your night, and then your day, as you recover from rest interruptions. For all the other sweaty moments, use Shield’s range of innovative sweat and odour protection anti-perspirant – giving you all day, and all night – sweat and odour protection, so you always stay fresh and dry.
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