One of the symptoms of a flare-up of IBD is a fever. During the night, the fever may spike several times, causing body temperature to raise and lower. If you're covered up with a sheet and blanket, you'll probably start to sweat. At first you may not wake up, but then your body temperature will lower, you'll start to feel cold and uncomfortable, and then you'll wake up soaking wet.
The best way to deal with night sweats is to be prepared for them. Some tips for dealing with night sweats include:
- Don't turn too many lights on when you get up with the night sweats, it will only wake you up further.
- Have a change of clothes and bedding close at hand, so that you can get dried off and get back to bed as quick as possible.
- Keep some cold water by your bedside to help cool you off when you wake up.
- Try sleeping on some thick towels or an extra blanket to avoid getting your bedding wet. If the towel or blanket become saturated, you can remove them and your bedding underneath will be cool and dry.
- Use a mattress protector under your sheets to help keep your mattress clean.
- Keep your room cool and avoid bundling up in clothing and blankets.