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Does IBD Cause Night Sweats?

Interrupted Sleep Can Be A Barrier To Feeling Better During The Day


Updated July 08, 2014


Your sleep is important. Avoid being disturbed by night sweats by being prepared for them.

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Question: Does IBD Cause Night Sweats?

For several different reasons, night sweats can be a common problem for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Answer: Waking up several times at night because you are hot and sweaty is very annoying as well as demoralizing. Not only are you awake and uncomfortable, you must now change your clothes and possibly your bedding, and you'll probably wake up your bedmate or roommate in the process.

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 wearing pajamas and are 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 eventually you'll wake up soaking wet.

Tips For Managing Night Sweats

The best way to deal with night sweats that you can't prevent 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 still 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.
  • Air circulating in the room with a ceiling fan, a window fan, or even an open window may help keep the room from feeling stuffy and too warm.

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