Night sweats are episodes of nighttime sweating that soak your nightclothes or bedding even when your bedroom isn't excessively hot. Night sweats are a common problem many people experience from time to time. Although uncomfortable, night sweats typically aren't a sign of a medical problem.
First, make sure your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature for sleeping and remove extra blankets from your bed at night.
Schedule a doctor's visit if night sweats:
- Occur on a regular basis
- Interrupt your sleep
- Are accompanied by a fever or other symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss
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