• My Hyperhidrosis Started in 4th Grade.
    My Hyperhidrosis Started in 4th Grade.

    "I remember having to fold paper to place under my palms so when I wrote I didn't sweat onto the paper. I never wanted to raise my hand for fear someone would see rings of sweat under my arms. I thought I was a freak because none of my other friends had palms that dripped. At 31 I spoke to my doctor about it. He said, “oh you have hyperhidrosis” Wow there is a name for this? It is a medical condition? Life began for me at that moment." Sophia is now an invaluable volunteer for the IHHS and contributes actively on our Facebook page. Read More

  • Scar Pits.
    Scar Pits.

    "I could really use some help. I have sensitive skin, and Drysol is absolutely killing me. I quit using it for a year after I developed a horrible rash on my underarms which led to scarring, but I started using it again because it has been the only thing that keeps me dry. The same irritation and rashes are occurring again. They are quite painful, and I'm very close to just throwing the Drysol away. What are my options? At this point I'd try anything."Read More

  • Stupid Sweaty Hands Ruined My Cell Phone!!! :(
    Stupid Sweaty Hands Ruined My Cell Phone!!! :(

    "Today i went to the doctor and he told the best and only way to treat sweaty palms was the surgery. He said that botox hurts A LOT and iontophoresis was a waste of money...Now i am really in doubt, I've looked for another 3 doctors already and only 1 of them told me not to do the surgery. i really wanna do it, but im afraid of regreting it later. What should I do?"Read More

  • More Than Anything in the World.
    More Than Anything in the World.

    "My entire life I have been carrying around a towel to dry my wet sweaty hands. I see couples who hold hands on the street and have a family. For as long as I can remember I've been praying this to be possible for me. I wish this more than winning the lottery. This would be a dream come true. Can you help?"Read More

  • Dripping Sweat.
    Dripping Sweat.

    "Since I was 10 I sweat in my palms and pits. I had sweat marks all the way to my waist! At 14 I got ETS surgery. It stopped the sweating in my palms, but a year later the underarm sweating returned, and I started to suffer from severe compensatory sweating all over--abdomen, back, chest, butt, thighs, and feet. It completely ruined my life. I totally regret the surgery and wish I had never done it. Botox and iotophoresis help, but just on certain areas. The thing is, it doesn't stop the problem--the rest of my body stays the same: Dripping sweat. Now what?" Read More

  • Sweat Runs Down My Back Like a Highway.
    Sweat Runs Down My Back Like a Highway.

    "I've know for awhile I have hyperhidrosis but it wasn't until 2010 my Dr. actually diagnosed it. He did nothing about it or said nothing about it -- except "some people just sweat alot." Not like this they F don't I said. I was so angry about his offhand casual comment, as if to say yeah so what! It runs down my back like a highway, right down my tail, soaks my clothes, down my legs into my socks. This IS a disease. It affects me EVERY day."Read More

  • There Are Heroes Here.
    There Are Heroes Here.

    "Treating hyperhidrosis leads to a greater improvement of a patient's quality of life than treatment of any other dermatologic condition." David Pariser, MD International Hyperhidrosis Society Co-founder, Board Member and Secretary, American Academy of Dermatology President 2009.Read More

  • High Fives Bring Me Down.
    High Fives Bring Me Down.

    "I've had hyperhidrosis since the seventh grade and I'm a junior now. It gets really hard for me in social settings. I love to dance salsa, and that involves hand to hand contact and my hands sweat sooo much. Also my feet--I can hardly wear heels because my feet slip and slide so much. My self esteem is slowly reaching the pits. Going out with friends involves pre-meditation, and an action plan if I start having a sweating episode. I feel so incompetent. Little things like when people say "High five!" bring me down cause I am so embarrassed. This is destroying me."Read More

  • Bye-Bye Bright Colors.
    Bye-Bye Bright Colors.

    "I think I might have hyperhidrosis, but I'm not sure. I sweat a ton under my arms at school, and any other time I'm out in public. I could be outside in a blizzard in a T-shirt and shorts but still be sweating majorly from my armpits. I could be with Lauren (she's been my best friend for seven years, and I'm totally comfortable with her) and still sweat. I hide behind baggy hoodies, black tops, and never raise my hand in class in fear someone might see my secret. Should I talk to my mom about it? Should I go to a doctor?"Read More

  • Slip, Sliding Away.
    Slip, Sliding Away.

    "I sweat a lot on my face. My doctor said he can't do anything more as i have tried all the relavent medications. He's given up. This is depressing me as i feel i can not proceed higher in my work due to sweating. This is so embarassing! Please can you advise me what to do please."Read More

  • Look Mom! Dry Hands!
    "Look Mom! Dry Hands!"

    "For the first time, my son has dry hands. It's been weeks since my son had his hands treated and he still comes to me daily and says, "Feel! They're dry!" It's made such a positive impact. Thank you IHHS! We found help and hope at last." Read More

  • Excessive Sweating Ruins More Than Just Clothing.
    Excessive Sweating Ruins More Than Just Clothing.

    "I was basically walked out the door today due to hyperhidrosis. I was in disbelief because of my 4 years of service to an institution putting in one of the most complex computer systems ever designed. Now what?"Read More

  • I Can't Just Live with It
    I Can't "Just Live with It"

    "I have sweat running off of my scalp and down my face then dripping on the floor even if I just put laundry in the washer. It doesn't take much for me to sweat profusely and it doesn't stop until I sit in front of a fan with a towel. This is not something new for me, I have had this problem for at least 45 years. I have gone to a Neurolgist, a G.P., Gynecologist, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist and I just keep getting passed off to different doctors. Are there any doctors that can help me instead of telling me that I'm a woman and will just have to live with it?"Read More

In Search of a Good Night’s Rest: Battling Excessive Sweating at Night

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep?  Gaining an extra hour of daylight is a fine beacon of spring, but it’s just another obstacle to getting a solid 8 hours. For millions of us who experience nighttime excessive sweating, the middle-of-the-night awakenings with soaked sheets and sopping pajamas only further detracts from the restorative experience of sleep. What to do?

 

Excessive sweating at night is a widely experienced condition; it can be caused by a variety of medical conditions besides hyperhidrosis, including menopause/peri-menopause, pregnancy or hormone disorders, infections, low blood sugar, neurological disorders, cancer and more.  Medications can also cause night sweats, including antidepressants and other psychiatric medications, hormone therapy…even aspirin and acetaminophen.  If you experience a change in your sweat pattern, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your condition, especially if your sweating is accompanied by fever or other symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss.   Excessive sweating while sleeping usually has an underlying medical cause, so it’s important to get a full medical evaluation.

Excessive sweating during the daytime hours has its own set of demands.  It’s not unusual for people with hyperhidrosis to carry an extra set (or two…or three) of clothing, or to dress in layers and in dark, camouflaging colors… but excessive sweating at nighttime has a different set of demands.  Comfort is crucial at night and sleepwear and bed clothes that provide superior wicking qualities are the only way to go.

Fortunately, today, there are some great products on the market that use high-tech materials that offer first-rate comfort and relief for people who have night sweats.  To manage the soaking discomfort and disruption, you need look no further than our Deals and Discounts where you’ll find (along with other great retailers) two of the best companies in the business of keeping you comfortable while you sleep: Cool-jams Wicking Sleepwear and Wicked Sheets.  Each company offers a wide variety of sleep products—from pajamas and night gowns to sheets, blankets and pillowcases— made from specially designed high-quality fabrics that will keep you cool, comfortable and dry all night.  Plus, International Hyperhidrosis Society community members receive great deals and discounts on their purchases. Just be sure to use the codes to get 10% off!

Cool-jams inventor and owner Anita Mahaffey has been a sleepwear-products designer for many of the largest US retailers and catalogs. While making a routine design visit to her factory in 2005, she discovered a new micro-fiber fabric.  "As soon as I felt this new fabric, I knew I had a winner. The hand-feel was incredible…very silky, soft and lightweight ….Part of my motivation was to develop a pajama to provide relief for my own menopausal-related night sweats, a problem I knew thousands of women could relate to."

Cool-jams Wicking Sleepwear has a huge variety of products for all shapes and sizes.  Mahaffey says best sellers are the sleeveless nightgowns, night shirts and new wicking separates. She adds, "We are growing internationally, doing more wholesale business and expanding  our bedding collection. Since 2007, Cool-jams has become the largest and quickest-growing wicking sleepwear company in the US."

Alli Truttmann, president and founder of Wicked Sheets says that she started her company in the spring of 2008 after a family discussion about their mutual suffering from hyperhidrosis and night sweats.  "My cousin was pregnant at the time and her night sweats were in full effect.   While we were discussing our 'coping mechanisms' for getting through sweaty nights, I looked at her husband's golf shirt and jokingly suggested that we cut up a bunch of them and have our grandmother sew them into bed sheets.  After everyone had a good laugh out of it, I spent the next six months developing the idea until our product was born."

Wicked Sheets and blankets are designed specifically to wick away moisture from the body while you're sleeping, keeping both you and your bed cool and dry. Wicked Sheets are comfortable, breathable, and silky to the touch. They come in all sizes and many colors. They’re also hand sewn and made in the USA.  Truttmann adds, "All types of sleepers love them!"

The success of these two entrepreneurs is a testament to both the quality of their products and the size of the population who experiences nighttime excessive sweating.  If there was any doubt about either of these facts, Truttmann’s concluding remarks take it all away: "We are always dreaming up new product ideas…and I am so proud of our newest product addition for sweaty little ones: Wicked Sheets for Cribs. There are lots of sweaty babies out there!"

In the months ahead, keep an eye out for our user reviews of the sleep items mentioned in this article, including more news about pediatric hyperhidrosis and those Wicked Crib Sheets!  Sleep tight!

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