How To Stop Sweating At Night During Sleep?

I have been suffering from night sweats for the past few years. Is there any trick to stop waking in the middle of the night with excessive sweating? I am prone to anxiety, and when I sweat in my sleep, it triggers my anxiety. Please help!

—Alicia G.

Thank you for asking your question about how to stop sweating at night during sleep. Night sweats are common among individuals who suffer from panic disorder or other conditions where they experience frequent bouts of anxiety (1). The problem usually is not caused by something that can be cured with medication; instead, it’s a biological response that needs to run its course until your body settles down (2). However, if you’re struggling with excessive nighttime perspiration because of an underlying condition like panic disorder or social phobia, then seek treatment through either behavioral therapy or medications such as benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax) or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac® . If these fail, consider switching over to another class of anti-anxiety drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants , which work quickly too but don’t carry the same weighty side effects associated with SSRIs and benzos like insomnia , drowsiness , headache , dizziness etc., so long term use isn’t recommended unless absolutely necessary (“Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?” January 2012). For more information on sleeping disorders and treatments please refer back to our

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