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I keep my house a cool temperature at night, so why do I sweat so much in my sleep? 

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A person who suffers from excessive sweating while sleeping will sometimes experience a higher core body temperature while they are asleep. Hyperhidrosis is a disease that causes the sweat glands to become overactive. Hyperhidrosis can be caused by some underlining medical condition, such as an overactive glandular problem, infection or as a side effect of a medication the person is taking. The ideal temperature for the bedroom is 68 degrees. Some people may find this on the cool side, but studies found that sleeping with the room cool promotes a better night’s sleep and fewer awakenings.

There are a few things that we as individuals can do each night to help us achieve a good night’s sleep. We can keep a regular bedtime every night, stay away from stimulants, try to sleep only when drowsy, avoid napping during the daytime, and if you do nap, limit it to less than 1 hour and no later than 3 p.m., and use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. If you are unable to obtain sleep, leave the bedroom and engage in a quiet activity elsewhere. If your sleep problem persists after four to six weeks of modifying your sleep and daytime habits, consider seeking professional help from a healthcare provider or an expert in a sleep disorder center.

For questions regarding sleep disorders please contact Sadie Ramsey, CRTT, RPSGT, and lead respiratory therapist at East Jefferson General Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center at 504-849-8700.

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