It's not uncommon to break out into a sweat during a warm night or after a terrifying dream, but you shouldn't be waking up drenched all the time. If you find yourself waking up to a damp bed every night, you may be exhibiting some signs you're sweating too much at night, which means an underlying issue could be at play. It's no cause to panic, but you'll want to get to the bottom of your night sweats, not only to fix your potential health issue, but to make your sleeping experience much more comfortable.
"Excessive sweating at night is a common complaint seen in primary care practice," says Margarita Rohr, MD, clinical instructor of general internal medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center over email. "It is important to note if the excess sweating occurs exclusively at night, as this can help diagnose certain conditions. Some people may experience sweating at night due to ambient temperature, bed sheets or clothing worn to bed and this may be normal. It is important to note if there are any other associated symptoms that accompany night sweats as these can help narrow down the diagnoses."
Here are seven signs that you're sweating too much at night and why they are occurring.