Tips for having a good night’s sleep with Hyperhidrosis

We all knew that sweating during the daytime was scary for people with hyperhidrosis. But the condition not only affects their routine during broad daylight but also during bedtimes. It doesn’t take a break, making it troublesome to get a good night’s sleep.

To prevent people with hyperhidrosis from accepting their sweaty nights and to help them get a night of good sleep, we have listed a few tips that range from making clothing choices to exercising their mental health.

Tip #1. Choose your nightwears wisely
When it comes to nighttime sweating, comfort is vital. For sweat-free sleep, avoid nightwears made of polyester and other synthetic materials that don’t absorb sweat well. Go for dresses made of natural materials like light cotton that are ideal sleepwear choices.

Tip #2. Give your bedding a makeover
Like your nightwears, choose bed sheets and blankets that are breathable and made from cotton. Layer your bedding so you can kick off the extra blankets and comforters as you feel hot, preventing you from tossing and turning at night.

Tip #3. Relaxation is a must
A busy day causes stress, which in turn leads to sweating. Do only what needs to be done before bedtime, everything else can wait till the morning. Rather than checking your email or thinking about your job for the next day, practice relaxing activities to destress your mind and body.

Tip #4. Be clear-headed
Attempt to have a clear mind before bedtime and give yourself a relaxing environment to sleep in. Try out bedtime yoga, a nighttime meditation routine or deep breathing exercises once you lie down. Remember, don’t try to master a new exercise, rather focus on engaging your mind to get a night of good sleep.

Tip #5. Consult your doctor
When your deodorant doesn’t give you the result, ask your doctor to prescribe antiperspirant. This controls excessive sweating under the armpits, palms of the hand, soles of the feet and other body areas, helping you sleep soundly.

All about Hyperhidrosis: Causes and Treatment Options

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating i.e., people with this condition sweat more than usual. In normal people, sweating cools the body to prevent it from overheating. But for people with hyperhidrosis, sweating occurs even when the body does not need cooling.

Many people with hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two body areas. Often, they sweat from

  • Armpits
  • Palms of their hands
  • Soles of their feet
  • Face and Chest
  • Groin areas

Even though hyperhidrosis is not a serious threat, it disrupts daily activities of people suffering from this condition. Episodes of excessive sweating occur often for no clear reason and affect social life, leading to depression and anxiety.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis

The causes of primary hyperhidrosis are not known whereas secondary hyperhidrosis has a long list of known causes.

Primary Hyperhidrosis:
It occurs due to an unknown problem in the nervous system that is responsible for sweating control. In some cases, genes play a role in causing hyperhidrosis, that is likely to be inherited.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis:
Several medical conditions can cause secondary hyperhidrosis. Some of them are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Heart diseases
  • Obesity
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Overactive thyroid gland (Hyperthyroidism)
  • Medications such as antidepressants, propranolol (for high blood pressure), pilocarpine (for glaucoma), and bethanechol
  • Being under substance
  • Infections such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Disorders of the blood cells or bone marrow, such as Hodgkin lymphoma (a cancer of the white blood cells)

How to Treat Hyperhidrosis

As people with hyperhidrosis visit the dermatologist, he/she might suggest one of the below treatment options based on their condition and its cause.

Antiperspirants: The doctor may prescribe an antiperspirant with Aluminum Chloride that has to be applied to the affected skin before you going to bed.

Iontophoresis: In this treatment, the hands and feet are submerged in a bowl of water. A weak electric current is passed through the water or wet pad, blocking the sweat glands from causing excessive sweat.

Botulinum toxin (Botox injections): These injections block the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. People with hyperhidrosis need several injections for better results.

Anticholinergic drugs: These medications restrain the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses. People undertaking them feel improvement in about two weeks.

ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy): This surgical intervention is recommended in severe cases that have not responded to other treatment options. Here, the nerves that carry messages to the sweat glands are cut, preventing excessive sweating. It is used to treat hyperhidrosis of the face, hands or armpits. However, it is not recommended to treat hyperhidrosis of the feet as it might cause permanent sexual dysfunction.

Things People With Hyperhidrosis Wish You Knew

Hyperhidrosis, commonly called excessive sweating, can be devastating for the people having it, making them feel embarrassed and isolated all the time. It plays a part in all major and minor decisions of their life and makes them cautious about everything – the clothes they wear, the places they go, the career choices they make.

People who have hyperhidrosis are too embarrassed to talk about it, hence the medical condition remains to be misunderstood and underrepresented. So, we have come up with a few facts that people with hyperhidrosis would like the non-sweaty folks to know.

Fact #1. Hyperhidrosis make them think twice
A lot of people think people with hyperhidrosis are just sweaty, but the condition is more than what it is told to be. It affects every aspect of their lives, making them think twice before making a choice. They are particularly wary about their clothing and footwear as these might spoil the best moments of their life. They are not only concerned about themselves but also feel a bit more cautious about handling babies and getting in contact with fellow beings.

Fact #2. Their clothing choices aren’t weird
The clothes preferred by people with hyperhidrosis are perceived to be weird whereas it’s only their honest attempt to hide the sweat stains on their outfits. They are often bothered about the sweat marks on the chair, as they stand every time.

Fact #3. Sweating is not something to be ashamed about
People with hyperhidrosis are too embarrassed to speak up and seek help because of the looks they get from people around them, leaving the condition under-recognized and under-treated. It is time to understand that it was just a medical condition that needs consultation and treatment from a dermatologist.

Fact #4. Social events give them nightmares
Hyperhidrosis is socially, emotionally and professionally isolating. It impacts the quality of life and mental health of people with hyperhidrosis. The reason they don’t join you for an event is not that they didn’t desire to, but that they didn’t want their condition from preventing them from having a good time.

Bottom line
The next time you see someone suffering from such a condition, avoid passing looks and give them the space they deserve.