If you suffer from uncomfortable night sweats, you’re not alone. Both night sweats in women and night sweats in men are very common. While most clinical cases of sleep hyperhidrosis have an underlying illness, recent surveys indicate that most people who complain about night sweating are not really suffering from a clinical case of night sweats. Instead, the excessive perspiration is caused by the sleep environment and can be significantly reduced with the right kind of night sweats sleepwear or bedding. So sleeping in the right pajamas may be more important than you realize for many people struggling through damp nights.
Please note that you shouldn’t diagnose the severity of your sleep hyperhidrosis on your own or from something you read online. Please talk to your doctor.
Whether you’re here because of a medical condition or you’re desperately fighting off hot flashes, I hope to provide you some useful tips on finding the best kind of night sweats sleepwear to help you achieve a good night’s sleep.
What are Night Sweats?
Night sweats, clinically known as sleep hyperhidrosis, is sweating excessively during sleep. Night sweats can be mild or so severe that the person suffering from them wakes sopping wet and must even change the wet sheets in order to resume restful sleep. For more on sweating while sleeping, or if you’re more interested in learning about causes and diagnosis, please read the home page of my site: Night Sweats.
Moisture Wicking Pajamas and Natural Fibers
If you’re looking to reduce the discomfort from night sweats, changing what you wear while you sleep is one of the best places to start. Pajamas made from man-made fibers such as polyester can trap heat and moisture. Many natural fibers, in contrast, help your skin breathe and let moisture pass through them. Look for pajamas made of either cotton or linen.
However, there are also a number of pajamas on the market made specifically for night sweats, and ironically some of them use man-made fabrics. Some leverage developments originally made while developing better diapers. That may sound strange, but if you think about it, it starts to make sense. This night sweats sleepwear leverages the same capability to draw moisture away from the skin that diaper manufacturers developed to keep babies dry and comfortable until their diapers could be changed. These wicking pajamas are often referred to as wicking sleepwear, or because of how often they’re marketed towards women entering menopause, hot flashes sleepwear.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may also simply consider what not to wear. For example, if your addressing night sweats in children in your family, you probably don’t want your child wearing polyester pajamas with feet (often referred to as footies). In general, you should avoid one-piece all-covering sleepwear made from man-made fabrics that aren’t specifically designed as wicking sleepwear.
While most night sweats clothing women wear are easier to find, you can find night sweats sleepwear for men as well. Here are some of the best-known and most reputable brands of night sweats sleepwear:
Cool-Jams Wicking Sleepwear
Cool-Jams are my favorite night sweats clothing and I fully endorse them. Cool-jams are reported to dry 3x faster than cotton sleepwear. Also, they feel more like cotton, unlike some other sleepwear that feels more like polyester. Cool-Jams material is antibacterial, wrinkle resistant and anti-static. They also offer a variety of colors and styles for both men and women, although for the most part if you compared their styles to NiteSweatz sleepwear, you might say they emphasized a relaxed style over a sleek style.
If you’re looking for a nightwear garment that can help you combat menopause night sweats while still displaying some appealing style, NiteSweatz pajamas or nightgowns may be the ticket for you. All of their nightwear are made from a moisture wicking fabric that is also antibacterial. Their light weight material is available in a wide variety of styles and colors. If you’re looking for a more sleek night sweats nightgown, NiteSweatz will likely be your best choice.
If you live in Canada, the Coolfemme line of pajamas may be worth investigating. They have a pajama that is made with a moisture wicking material that helps to distribute and evaporate water even more quickly than cotton. I don’t have experience with this brand so I can’t recommend it, but I know it’s popular among friends up north.
DriNights Wicking Clothing
DriNights manufactures and distributes a popular brand of both night sweats bedding and night sweats sleepwear. While they used to be a little too slick feeling for my comfort, with clever fabrics that felt too much like polyester, they’ve greatly improved in recent years. The technology employed by DriNights is sophisticated and may provide the comfort you need if you don’t find other wicking sleepwear works for you.
A good reader named Lisa sent in this suggestion and it looks really interesting: Goodnighties. I can’t personally endorse Goodnighties yet as I don’t have any personal or anecdotal experience with them, but Lisa claims they worked better for her than some of the other ones I’ve mentioned here. The distinguishing characteristic they promote are, as they say on the site, a “patented process to build restorative negative ions into the structure of the fabric.” Again, I can’t verify such a claim, but it certainly sounds interesting and it may be worth your time to investigate them further. Thanks to Lisa R!
Beyond Night Sweats Sleepwear
I encourage you to understand the source of your night sweats before you invest too much money in any particular product, but if you’re persevering menopause night sweats and you desperately seek relief, don’t hesitate to try some of the natural remedies I suggest on my night sweats relief page or the more aggressive therapies and products I discuss on my night sweats treatment page.
I hope this helps address your nightly discomfort with the right night sweats sleepwear for your needs and for your style.
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