Are you a sweaty sleeper? Do you share with a sweaty sleeper? It's uncomfortable, difficult to manage and can wreak havoc with your bedding. Night sweats can be due to a variety of factors. Night sweats are a common feature of illness such as a heavy cold or infection and will pass as you shake off the illness. They can also be associated with some more serious illnesses, forms of medication and hormonal fluctuations such as pregnancy or the menopause. They can also be caused by sleeping in bedding that's too warm and isn't breathable enough.
You can take steps to reduce your chances of night sweats. First of all choose bedding that's made with natural materials. Synthetic fibres are less breathable, while natural fills such as wool, cotton, linen and silk help wick moisture away from your skin and allow it to evaporate away. Choose a lower tog duvet or even just pair a flat sheet with a cotton bedspread or woollen throw to add cosiness without too much warmth.
Synthetic fill mattresses and waterproof protectors can made night sweats because they don't allow moisture and warmth to escape. If it's time to upgrade your mattress then consider choosing one that's rich in natural fibres. If you like to sleep with a waterproof mattress protector then choose one with temperature-regulating properties to help you sleep at a more comfortable temperature.
Finally, choose your bed linen with care. A cotton percale feels cooler to the touch than a sateen weave. For the ultimate in a cool night's sleep consider treating yourself to silk bed linen. Silk is naturally cool to the touch and works really hard at helping you stay cool as you sleep, helping prevent night sweats.