How To Stop Excessive Sweating In Bed?

by Ingrid Cohen WebMD Health NewsReviewed on 4/12/2008

The first time I experienced excessive sweating in the middle of the night, my husband and I spent hours trying to figure out what was wrong. It turned out that we had a bedbug infestation — two bites, one on each arm. The next night, after making sure everything around our bed was clean (and getting rid of any suspicious furniture), we tried another sleepover with no problems. But the following week, all over again my hands and feet were drenched in sweat at 2:00 a.m., even though I wasn’t hot or doing anything strenuous (just watching television). After searching online for answers (mainly to see if it could be something more serious than just sleeping too close to someone else who has cooties), we found evidence that this condition is sometimes caused by an allergic reaction known as hypersensitivity vasculitis . We also discovered that there are many explanations for how and why people may suddenly start sweating excessively during their sleep:

1) Environmental factors such as temperature control systems malfunctioning; 2) underarm deodorants causing skin irritation; 3) medication side effects such as those related to diabetes or high blood pressure; 4) muscular tension from stress or anxiety; 5) liver disease – usually related to heavy drinking ; 6) hormonal changes associated with menopause , pregnancy , or aging can cause hives-like rashes on arms and legs

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