Getting hot and sweaty in bed...

Discussion in 'Community' started by alxths, May 13, 2004.

  1. alxths macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2003
    This is sort of a wierd thing to post ona forum, but anyways, i fidn that every month or two, I'll wake up in th emiddle of the night, drenched in sweat... I mean I have to change my sheets and everything.. quite annoying. Now, I know the obvious conclusion is that i'm having some sort of distressing dream(I've never been able to remember ANYHTING from what I was dreaming about, actually I dont' even think to try and remember until later), but I was wondering if anyone here knows enough about the topic to shed a little more light on it? Maybe someone can recommend a good book on the topic? "Waking up drenched in sweat for dummies" =p

    Seriously, i'm worried that this may indicate some kind of deep rooted psychological problem that I'm repressing or whatever.
  2. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    Perhaps you’re just having some kind of wet dream... ;)

    Seriously, I think you would know what disturbs you, so I wouldn’t worry too much, as this could not improve your stituation, but rather make it worse.

    But I’m no psychotherapist, so, what do I know?
  3. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Alright, I have to admit I was expecting something else...but as it stands, what you are describing doesn't seem normal, but as you say, it is merely annoying...if you woke up screaming, well that would be a different matter. I am afraid I do not know much about this topic to help you, all I can suggest is setting up a web-cam or camcorder and taping your sleeping habits for some clues, if you have the equipment and time...other than that, I will leave it to others...good luck.
  4. acidrock macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2004
    The Evergreen State College
    Often things that happen to me that I wonder about, my psychologist or doctor will say to monitor it, which you have done. If it was happening every night, or more, than there might be problems. But my guess is that if it's just one night about every two months it isn't something to be worried about. One thing you might want to do is write in your calander when you have these experiences, that way you could see if it was happening around the same time. If it really concerns you though, maybe you should see a doctor before it gets worse. Another thought I had from the title, was maybe you had too many comfortors on, or the heat in your room could have been high. Are you sleeping with your window cracked? That might help to try that. Also if you're on any medication I wonder if that could be a factor? hope you can figure out what is bothering you, and hopefully it's not to serious.
  5. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    Every 6 months or so, the same happens to me...

    My dad had malaria when he was younger, and he goes through the same thing every month or two. Even though it's a parasitic illness, I wonder if there's any relationship between the two events, as my brother (4 years older) has the same thing. Odd...

    Maybe it's just a sympathy thing!

  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Sounds like night sweats. It could be the sign of a serious illness or it could be something benign. Tell your doctor the next time you go or if it is problematic go now. When I was in the middle of chemo I would sweat through pillows.
  7. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Dont scare him Mongo. If its only happening every two months, then he's fine.
  8. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    Lets just say for arguments sake that you are repressing something
    If you are happy with your life in general and don't feel as though you have any sort of psychological problem
    then why would you want to know something that could possibly tear your life apart or lead you to question your life as you know it
    I wouldn't worry about it
    some things times it is better not to know

    night sweats can be caused by the onset of diabetes
    or more likely, given the number of times you are experiencing the problem, very high protein meals
  9. kevin49093 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2002
    My brother is having the same sort of thing happen to him as well. He saw a doc about it and it turns out it has something to do with the Dengue (sp?) Fever he had a few years ago in Thailand. Strange stuff!
  10. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Hmm... it sounds strange. I do recommend as others have said to take a record of the occurences and any events surrounding them(meals, work tasks, body temperature,medications,herbal or other supplements, exercise,stress of the day, etc...) If this continues, I suggest taking your results to a doctor.
  11. phgreer macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2002
    Greenville, SC
    This happens to me to but only if I sleep in the buff(sometimes I'm just to tired to put on anything else). Ironically if I sleep with sweat clothes on I stay dry as a bone.
  12. etoiles macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    could be fever related. Are you feeling very tired during the day ? Have you ever had mononucleosis ? I would wake up like that when I had mono. Not feeling bad otherwise, but drenched...
  13. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    maybe anxiety attack?

    or maybe u were just hot hehe
  14. acidrock macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2004
    The Evergreen State College
    there's nothing wrong with him talking to his doctor. That shouldn't scare him. Actually it's probably really good if he does. If he just blows it off this could get worse. I've learned that it's very important to seek treetment for things like this soon or it could get worse, in some alternative medicine classes I've had. I agree that he will probably be fine but I do recommend talking to a doctor since he seems to be worried about it.

  15. Dros macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2003
    This has happened to me a few times recently - coinciding with being really worn out. My theory is that if you are dead tired you are less likely to respond to temperature cues and shift the covers around at night. If you have a comforter or duvet, it can get really hot if it ends up wrapped around you. Maybe try to make sure any heavy covers are only part way up so it is less likely they will encase you.
  16. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    An online forum is a fine place to get sympathy, but shouldn't be your first choice for medical advice. A doctor's visit makes sense (or just start with a phone call). And there are plenty of health sites where you can look up your symptoms and do a little research of these symptoms on your own.
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    A doctor won't likely be able to help at this point. They'll run a standard set of tests which rarely show anything.

    As was suggested, start keeping a journal of meals, exercise, extraordinary events, and sleep. You may find that you're merely allergic to a certain food but it could be something more and your health is extremely important.
  18. alxths thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2003
    Wow, thanks for all fo the advice.. I'v enever considered that it couldbe related to a physiological illness, though I've never had any serious viruses before(that i know of). I guess I'll mention it to my doctor next time i'm there... problem is, I'm never sick so that could be awhile.

    I guess I'll just try to keep closer tabs on it, and if i see it getting worse, or see any correlations, i'll deal with it accordingly..
  19. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    i have the same problem...i get to hot and i wake up sweaty as hell, it's nasty. turn on the AC :D .
  20. radhak macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2003
    NJ, USA
    what sort of a Doctor are you anyway? he comes to you for help and you send him elsewhere ! :D
  21. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    At a community forum, you'd almost expect to run into a bunch of questions based on your symptoms... like:

    Is one arm disproportionately stronger than the other?

    Are you sure it's sweat?



    But night sweats are a common enough symptom, and listed in several medical symptom charts.
  22. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    And here's some more good advice: Don't take medical advice from Mac geeks who call themselves "Doctor" in a Mac forum. They might have chosen that name just to be pretentious! :)

    Of course, physicians always refer you to other physicians! Your G.P. might refer you to a sleep disorder specialist, who refers you to an ear, nose, and throat specialist, who refers you to a throat specialist, who refers you to a tonsil specialist, and they each want to do tests before taking further action. So you die of old age before your treatment actually starts! :)

    This post isn't serious, but my previous one was. Listen to all of our speculation about your symptoms, alxths, but give your regular doctor a call and ask if it's anything to worry about. If he/she says no, it'll put your mind at ease. If he/she says yes, you'll be glad you didn't ignore it.
  23. raiderz182 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2003
    north philly
  24. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    I've never heard that food allergies take the form of night my experience an allergic reaction to food is near-instantaneous. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, sweating (i.e. it would go along with the shock or the nausea).

    It also seems to me that I've heard of night sweats being a distinct sleep disorder....If it were me though, I'd go to a doctor first, and the Internet second. :)
  25. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    at my age i can only dream of getting hot and sweaty in bed... :D

    no pun intended.

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