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Why do I wake up sweating?

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Why do I wake up sweating?
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October 22nd, 2015 10:10pm
There a many different reasons, emotional or physical as to why you may wake up sweating. Such an action is common in illnesses like PTSD, however it could also be that you are feeling stressed or anxious, and it is your body way of letting you know
October 23rd, 2015 4:02am
i wake up sweating when i have a very bad dream or when I'm very very anxious and stressed out about stuff
October 23rd, 2015 6:13pm
Night-sweats can be caused by a lot of things...I know I have to deal with this a lot because it's a side effect of my medication. It's important to monitor the side effects of any medications you're taking, so you can weigh the pros and cons, and see if it's making enough of a difference in how you feel to outweigh the negative side effects. For me, it took me a long time to find the right medication for me that worked for my body, so I am willing to live with night sweats in order to feel normal. But it could vary from person to person, so it all depends what you are the most comfortable with. But it never hurts to talk to your doctor if you're ever wondering about something like this!
October 24th, 2015 1:28am
Dreams can be terrifying and beautiful things. When we dream we connect to our subconscious. Our subconscious is the most beautiful and disgusting place in our minds, yet, when we sleep, when we dream, everything becomes connected. That can, however, be more than we bargained for. In sleep there shouldn't be fear, but sometimes there is. Unresolved issues arise when we are at our most vulnerable and sleep is one of the most vulnerable states we have. If sleep becomes impossible, it's a clear sign of psychological issues unresolved.
October 24th, 2015 3:44pm
Whenever I wake up sweating it's usually because I'm too hot. Again it's probably something that I'm dreaming about or something on my mind that's uncomfortable that's coming to the surface.
October 24th, 2015 11:08pm
It's normal to wake up sweating. You could of had a bad dream, you are sick, or the room you're currently in is too hot.
October 25th, 2015 5:02am
Maybe you're feeling a little nervous or exhausted from having too much on your plate? I find the best strategy to combating the feeling of nervosa is simply taking in deep breaths and drinking plenty of water.
October 25th, 2015 2:43pm
From my personal experience, when I wake up sweating that means my anxiety is a little worse than usual. Take a deep breat . And tel yourself you ARE going to have a good day regardless. Going for a walk and drinking a glass of water helps. :)
October 25th, 2015 9:38pm
Sweating is normal. Esspecially In sleeep. You may just have to many covers over you or you did something active before bed. Its normal to sweat everyone does. Dont worry.! Have good dreams tonight!
October 28th, 2015 3:21am
Maybe you haven't moved at all while sleeping or the room is very hot and humid so you sweat a lot
October 29th, 2015 2:59am
In my personal experience this usually happens when my blanket is too thick, when I am feeling particularly anxious or ive just had a night mare, try to get up, cool off, have a glass of milk or water and lay back down uncovered if you have to, and try to get lost in some meaningless thought in order to fall back asleep
October 29th, 2015 7:41am
To answer that, it would be good to get to the root of it - how do you feel before you go to bed? Taking up a dream diary might help you remember your dreams as well, which could also be useful in looking at what they might mean and why they lead to this end result of waking up sweatin. :)
October 29th, 2015 7:42am
Sleep is one of the few things one can do without over thinking about it. But I have always feared nightmares, that are nothing short of mild panic attacks. Nightmares are a terrible thing. The fear of falling in an empty space cause me to get up panting and sweating, along with the fear of going back to sleep again.
October 29th, 2015 5:48pm
Stress from school and life in general can and is for me a big reasons as to why i wake up in a sweat sometimes.
October 29th, 2015 8:30pm
It's most likely physical probably hormonal but night sweats should always be mentioned to the doctor just in case of a more serious disease
October 31st, 2015 1:04am
Is it after a bad dream? Is it cold sweat? Is it hot sweat? Hot sweat can be because your blanket is too thick, if it is cold sweat after, can be after a nightmare. Have you noticed any relation?
October 31st, 2015 7:11pm
For me, its because of two reasons, either one or the other. When I sleep with blankets on I get really hot, and maybe that is one reason. But the other one is that when I dream, sometimes I get my real-life problems inside my dreams, my heartbeat accelerates and that is why I wake up all sweaty.
November 1st, 2015 7:28pm
i wake up sweating because I suffer from nightmares, and i always jolt awake because of them, which really sucks.
November 4th, 2015 4:09am
This usually happens to me when I go to bed cold and sleep with blankets over me, Then I end up tossing and turning in my sleep and working up a sweat!
November 5th, 2015 12:19am
you could maybe be having night terrors/nightmares. is this something that happens quite often? it is quite a common thing
November 5th, 2015 9:43pm
It's because of having nightmares which is due to us being stressed about something which we went through the day before getting to bed to sleeo
November 6th, 2015 3:43am
I'm not a doctor, but there are many causes for night sweats. The simplest could be that your sleeping with too many blankets/covers on. Another factor could be your body is responding to stress or anxiety as you sleep by raising or lowering your heart rate and/or blood pressure. It could be the result of medications, street drugs, alcohol, or caffeine as well. And if you're a woman over 40 (in most cases) then it could also be menopause. Try lowering the thermostat in your home by a couple degrees to see if that helps, and sleep in lighter clothing or no clothing. If it doesn't resolve the issue, see a doctor and have some blood tests run to find out if there is any type of medical concern. Also eating a heavy meal before bed can affect this as well.
November 6th, 2015 3:28pm
Night sweats can happen for many different reasons. The most obvious is that you are becoming too hot when sleeping! However, they can also be due to things like hormone and endocrine dysfunction (i.e menopause, hypothyroidism). If you find that you are sweating often and profusely at night, especially to the point that your sleep is being disturbed, please seek medical advice.
November 6th, 2015 11:11pm
The most obvious and likely reason is you are warm while sleeping, try using less blankets when you sleep
November 7th, 2015 6:48pm
Are you under stress? You do spend enough time in relaxing yourself? Following a regular sleep hygeine may help
November 8th, 2015 10:01pm
I wake up sweating because I've had a nightmare. I wake up sweating because I'm stressed about a test or a personal problem.
November 13th, 2015 3:26pm
Maybe because u had a bad dream what you do is get up and take a bath and try and sleep again if it don't work use deodorant
November 14th, 2015 6:55pm
It can be caused by bad dreams, nightmares or it can be detox or withdrawal symptom from drugs, alcohol or pills.
November 15th, 2015 4:38am
There a lot of reasons for night sweats, most of them medically-related. Rather than Google "night sweats" and be terrified by the sheer volume of things that it could be, mention it to your physician and see if he / she would like you to come in for blood tests and such. It may be as simple as just keeping your room thermostat a bit cooler, or you may be prone to intense dreams. Either way, a physician is a good place to start!
November 15th, 2015 8:04pm
This happens to most people. It may be because of bad dreams causing you to fuss in your sleep or wearing too many layers