What are night sweats?

A night sweat is a hot flash experienced at night that usually causes perspiration in the back of the head and chest and dampens sleepwear, pillows, and sheets. A woman may wake up and have to change her clothing and bedding. Some women may have difficulty falling back to sleep after a night sweat.
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Night sweats are a condition that is often associated with hot flashes. They really are just hot flashes that occur during sleeping hours. Turning down the temperature in your bedroom can help, but will not eliminate night sweats. Some people wear moisture wicking undergarments, pajamas or clothes to feel more comfortable. Another approach is to dress in layers. This allows the person with night sweats to remove the outer layers when it gets too hot.

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