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What Causes People to Sleep Hot?

written by / June 4, 2021
What Causes People to Sleep Hot?

It’s widely known that many people struggle with overheating while they sleep. In fact, between 10% and 41% of the population live with said predicament. 

Now, if you yourself experience this, you already know that it can seriously disturb your sleep and make you feel tired and distracted the following day. Yet, what is it that causes people to sleep hot? 

Well, when you get tired and fall asleep, your body temperature drops naturally. And when you’re ready to wake up, it gets back to its normal levels. 

However, there are a few things that could cause your body temperature to increase instead of decrease. 

For starters, your bedroom or bedding could be trapping heat and therefore causing your body temperature to rise instead of fall. But if that’s not the case, then it could be your hormones — many women undergoing menopause suffer from hormonal changes that induce night sweats. Hormonal issues could also be caused by hyperthyroidism

Potential side effects of certain medications, like antidepressants, or heightened anxiety are another likely culprit. Moreover, night sweats could also be a sign of another underlying issue, such as sleep apnea

Another common factor that could cause someone to overheat at night is their metabolism. Namely, if you eat or work out too close to your bedtime, it can affect your body temperature when you’re attempting to rest. 

So, if you find that you’re struggling with night sweats and overheating, you should probably consider purchasing a cooling mattress, a new set of sheets, and a cooling pillow. If the problem persists, speaking with your doctor is highly advised.

Hi, my name is Jes and I’m a writer and editor from Cape Town, South Africa. I love writing about a number of topics from personal health to the workplace and marketing. I believe that everyone has the right to an opinion, but that opinion should be thoroughly investigated and based on solid information.