Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night because of sweating? After seeing countless doctors and taking some medications, there can still be some times when you feel too warm before going to bed. Whether you’re going through hot flashes or if you have an excessive sweating condition, the best thing to supplement what the doctor gives you is a pair of really comfortable sleepwear.
Moisture wicking pajamas for women aren’t that popular but I really think they should be because they’re so comfortable plus they keep you dry at night. The sad part is, most of them look so terrible it makes me laugh. Don’t worry, all the pajamas in this list are not only comfortable but they also look good as I picked stylish-looking ones that will help you sleep in style.
Stay tuned because in this article you will read more about sweat-wicking pajamas, learn more about night sweats, and learn about some fabrics to avoid when looking for sweat-wicking sleepwear. You will also get to know my top 5 brands that will wick sweat away when you’re in dreamland.
Why Do I Need Sweat-Wicking Jammies?
Why do I need these sweat-wicking pajamas? Good question. I honestly recommend this to everyone, not only to people who have excessive sweating conditions or night sweats but to people who just love the comfort of good pajamas.
The sleepwear I will recommend below will be very stylish and chic, you’ll forget that they are even sweat-wicking. I also chose fabrics that have a natural, soft feel to them so you will definitely sleep in comfort. You need comfortable sweat-wicking pajamas during very warm nights, or during times that you don’t want to use the AC and want to use a fan instead.
Sweat-wicking pajamas are also good to use if ever you take a vacation in warmer countries or anywhere humid, to be honest. Since this sleepwear is made from very light materials, they won’t really fill your suitcase or add that much weight at all. They will also make it comfortable for you at the beach where it can get cool at night but at times, the heat can also be bothersome. It pays to be prepared after all.
Night Sweats: A Brief Overview
Before we go to the best sweat-wicking sleepwear, we must first know about night sweats. What causes it? Read more below to know a bit more about this condition and the possible causes. Take note that even though there is a long list of possible causes of night sweats, I condensed them into four general causes as most of the known reasons can be classified into the numbers below.
Menopause happens when a woman stops getting her period. This is a phase of her life when she is already unable to reproduce. The male equivalent to this is andropause. Although both stages are similar, women actually get menopause at 40-45 a bit earlier as compared to men who notice signs of andropause at 60.
Menopause and andropause usually have many symptoms like fatigue, bloating, irritability and hot flashes. These hot flashes are due to the hormonal imbalance because the body isn’t producing enough hormones (estrogen for women and testosterone for men) as these hormones are also responsible for the body’s temperature control.
These hot flashes occur at night and are feelings of intense heat on the face, neck, and chest and can be experienced for up to 5 years. it is important for you to go to your doctor because he/she can definitely come up with the best treatment plan that will help with these symptoms.
Medications that regulate blood sugar like insulin or other oral diabetes medication can cause hypoglycemic symptoms which is cold sweating. Some anti-depressants and even ibuprofen can cause excessive sweating because it dilates the blood vessels which triggers sweating.
Different types of cancers or even infections caused by wounds or perhaps something internal can cause your body to go into a high fever, which then leads to your body’s natural cooling mechanism which is sweating. The key is to immediately treat the infection because it’s the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.
4. Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis
Idiopathic hyperhidrosis is usually called “true night sweats” because there is no external factor causing the sweating episodes despite all the possible tests given to you by a doctor.
This form of hyperhidrosis falls under the category of primary hyperhidrosis, which is the type of hyperhidrosis that isn’t caused by any disease. This form of hyperhidrosis is often symmetrical, which means you sweat on both sides of the body.
The best way to face this problem is by using clinical or prescription antiperspirants or deodorants which can help lessen or stop sweating and provide you enough comfort throughout the day. There are other procedures like botox, iontophoresis, or anticholinergics which can also help lessen the sweating in certain areas.
Fabrics To Avoid in Sleepwear
There are many choices when choosing sleepwear, but there are three fabrics that you should avoid if you sweat a lot at night and are out to get the best pajamas. Check the list below:
Silk and Satin
Silk or its dupe satin, are both smooth and shiny fabrics that often give you a sense of style when you wear them. Sadly, when it comes to sweat-wicking, these fabrics do the opposite. The fibers trap heat and are not cool to the skin at all. You can still buy pajamas made of these fabrics but expect to be drenched in sweat in the middle of the night.
Cotton is cool to the skin but is notorious for being heavy because it is so absorbent. Normal cotton does not have antibacterial properties like that of bamboo cotton so when you sweat, there is a chance that you’d end up smelling bad and have a soaked shirt.
Often used as lingerie, lace pajamas or nightgowns have been a trend for more stylish and sexy underwear. Unfortunately, this can cause irritation to the skin when wet with sweat. The texture of lace can cause itching when your sweat soaks it and when it rubs on your skin. Sadly, while looking for a good antiperspirant to stop your sweat, you may have to give up wearing lace pajamas for a while.
History of Pajamas
Pajamas weren’t always classy and stylish as they always look like now. It’s interesting how sleepwear has evolved through the ages, improving as the years go by. Like shirts and pants, pajamas also had an interesting past.
Sleepwear wasn’t that common for the ordinary villager in ancient times, but the rich and aristocratic decided to fashion themselves with dresses that have wide, loose sleeves that they changed into when going to bed.
A few years after that, pajamas were still shapeless fabrics for the common people, but more elegant and styled for the upper echelon of society. The designs of pajamas were soon inspired by Indian, Asian, and even Roman dresses or costumes. Some were so elegant that they even used expensive golden threads or expensive fabrics from foreign lands.
What is interesting is that the term “pajama or pyjama” isn’t English in orgin, it’s actually Indian. The word comes from the term “pae/pai jama” which means loose leg clothing and can be dated as far back as the 13th century. Pajamas were also loose pants with a drawstring to tighten it around the waist.
This form of clothing that was adopted by the western world was already traditionally worn in the Middle East and Southern Asia and were even unisex as these loose pants were being worn by both men and women.
These pants were tight on the waist and ankles and were baggy. They were often paired with a long tunic up to the knees that covered most of the pants. This was worn when sleeping and was comfortable enough as the bagginess did not restrict movement at all.
It was only during the Middle Ages when pajamas became somewhat of a fashion statement and more varieties came out. Until the 18th century, pajamas were usually baggy dresses after all. Perhaps people got tired of it? Perhaps not. But at least there were different kinds available.
The mass production of pajamas was only made possible when the sewing machine was invented. This also added style to pajamas because it was easier to put different kinds of fabrics together as the machine-made things neater and faster (production-wise).
Generally, pajamas hundreds of years ago would look conservative or what looked moral enough in the eyes of society. So if floor-length gowns were the norm, they had floor-length sleepwear. Nowadays, there are different shapes and colors of pajamas in stores and you can wear whatever you want, as clothing isn’t as dictated by society anymore.
Fun fact! (Well, not really but hear me out,) Pajamas were styled by men before women as the female population kept their sleepwear very simple but men preferred new fabrics and styles.
Coco Chanel, Yes the Coco Chanel was the first one who made really fashionable pairs of pajamas for women. She made them look so classy and made them a total fashion item in the 1900s. I guess that’s why the brand is still famous today — they make really classy (and not to mention elegant) pieces of clothing that everyone just wants to get their hands on.
The 1970s was the time of the silk shirt and pants set that were inspired by Chines and Indian fashion, women wearing less of the dresses and more pants as sleepwear. Women wore the same pajamas that men did, they just opted for more “feminine” colors during those years.
What could happen to pajamas in the future? What do you think they would look like? It makes me curious. Also, would there be more sweat-wicking pajamas, perhaps one that can regulate your temperature at the touch of a button? We never know, but what I’m sure of is that pajamas are constantly evolving and that we should look out for the innovation of sleepwear, especially sweat-wicking ones.
Best Sweat-wicking Pajamas
Before we go into the best sweat-wicking pajamas, watch Justin of Hip Science as he explains the secret behind moisture-wicking clothing. The science lies in capillary action, not repelling sweat.
1. Cool-jams Moisture Wicking Kristi Capri Pajama Set
Being at the top of my list, Cool Jams definitely deserves this spot because of its effective sweat-wicking technology and the purpose of why this brand exists. I’d go for a brand that truly knows the discomfort one feels when sweating at night.
Established in San Diego, California, founder Anita Mahaffey was suffering from some of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, including night sweats. She did everything but she couldn’t find any comfortable sleepwear that would keep her dry despite all that sweating.
Being the wise woman that she is, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start her own brand called Cool Jams. This sleepwear brand is unique — it is designed to help regulate your temperature and is specifically designed for people who want to travel to warmer countries and fear that their sweating condition would get in the way of their dream vacation.
Fear no more as Cool Jams does the job of wicking your sweat and helping you literally feel cooler at night. This brand really lives up to the hype and has been named one of the most innovative companies in 2013. Currently, they are the biggest sweat-wicking sleepwear brand in the US and are slowly dominating the global market with over 150 stores (and counting).
Now let’s go to the Cool Jams Kristi Capri Pajama Set. Aside from coming in three vibrant colors, the Capri-style makes sure your body is well covered without being too long which could restrict your movement when sleeping, as we all naturally toss and turn in bed.
This brand really did their research and developed a sweat-wicking fabric that doesn’t feel like you’re wearing sportswear at all. The fabric is soft and light — it feels like cotton too! Unlike real cotton though, it won’t gather all the moisture and feel heavy on the body when worn.
The style also doesn’t look like good old pajamas. It’s so comfy you probably wouldn’t want to leave your bed when you wake up. You would also wake up fresh and dry, which most pajamas wouldn’t be able to give you. Sweat-wicking fabrics are indeed amazing, but Cool Jams definitely take them to another level.
I would definitely bring a set or two of these Kristi Capri pajama set whenever I would travel. I don’t sweat much at night but the comfort that this pair of pajamas bring would definitely make anyone get one for themselves.
If you do sweat at night, you’ll have pajamas that don’t only feel good but would serve another purpose — keep the icky sweat away from your skin, ensuring that you won’t wake up at night because of the discomfort.
2. Sleepy Time Double Vector Women’s Solid Bamboo Pajamas
The best part of the day is usually the part where you’re done with work and you head home. Then you take a nice long warm shower and prepare for bed. the only catch is that you get so irritated when you wake up in the middle of the night sweating.
Night sweats aren’t the easiest thing to deal with. After batteries of tests, all those needles, and bloodwork, it can really be tiring. But what can you do? You have to find out what causes it and you have to find a way to find some relief at night.
You do your research and you go to the doctor, take medications, etc but sometimes you still sweat. The best solution is to take extra measures like getting sleepwear that will help cool you down when you’re asleep. Thus sweat-wicking pajamas.
Sleepy Time is a brand that invokes a sense of calm because you do wear their pajamas during sleepy time. But what makes this brand unique? Let me share with you why, and remember this — I only choose the best so worry no more because you might find yourself buying your very own Sleepy Time set.
Although there isn’t much information on the brand’s history, one thing is for sure — it is extremely popular online. So many people raving about this brand. Especially this specific set I decided to put on this list.
The Sleepy Time Double Vector Women’s Solid Bamboo Pajamas are quite the uniques set because of all the pajamas in this list, this is so far one of the best three-piece sets you can buy at an affordable price. Most pajamas already cost way too much, but Sleepy Time makes it worth every cent as they added an extra top to go with the usual pair.
You now have the option of wearing the plain tank top for cool nights and you can opt to wear the one with a racerback look for warm nights where you need less coverage.
Not only that, the entire set isn’t made like your ordinary pajamas, this pair has antibacterial properties that you would definitely want, as sweat is usually accompanied by a bad smell, and this pajama set helps by eliminating that odor-causing (and sweat-loving) bacteria.
Bamboo cotton has natural antibacterial properties but it also has thinner fibers than that of ordinary cotton. That’s why even though it’s called cotton, it actually dries faster than the regular pajamas. Bamboo cotton is also way softer than regular cotton. Amazing, right?
Last but not least, I love the style of this set because it is a tank top and shorts set, not the usual pants or nightgowns you see on the internet. I love mixing it up when I make lists like this, and I can say that Sleepy Time (especially this set0 is one of my favorites. Check it out for yourself and you will see (or better yet feel) what I mean.
3. GYS Women’s Sleepwear Bamboo Pajama Tank and Shorts Set
What would you do if you had true night sweats or what they call idiopathic hyperhidrosis? This form of hyperhidrosis isn’t caused by any external factor or a condition like diabetes or taking any medications like antidepressants or even insulin shots. You just really sweat excessively at night.
Searching online, I made sure not to be biased at all. I learned that botox was an option, or anticholinergics (that had way too many side-effects for me to like), or even different surgical or even non-invasive procedures like iontophoresis.
Last but not least I saw that some doctors tell their patients to go the extra mile when it comes to making themselves comfortable at night — to wear sweat-wicking pajamas. What?! Yes, that was my reaction too. I was so surprised that there was such a thing because I only knew about the usual silk, satin, or the common cotton jammies.
I was only familiar with sweat-wicking fabrics like that of Nike’s Dri-fit series or anything sports-related. I was intrigued because these sweat-wicking fabrics are often thin and don’t feel quite natural to the skin (especially for sleepwear). So how is this possible, right?
But it is and there are apparently several brands both online and offline that claim they have sweat-wicking pajamas. So I did my research and found the best brands that you can find. I included all of them on this list for you to choose from. One of them is the GYS Women’s Sleepwear Bamboo Pajama Tank and Shorts Set.
Why this brand? At first, I was doubting it because I wasn’t that familiar with the brand but I saw that they had thousands of orders online, people gushing about their new GYS sleepwear. I was definitely hooked and I read more reviews and decided that yes, it did indeed belong to this list.
The GYS Pajama tank and shorts set isn’t like your usual tank+shorts set. This specific style makes you look sexier without making you sweat at night. It is also made from bamboo viscose, which is naturally antibacterial, killing off the odor-causing bacteria.
This set also has a lace-like lining that makes it look chic — it doesn’t scream “pajamas” when you first see it. Now let’s talk about the fabric. It doesn’t look or feel weird to the skin because bamboo viscose is actually very soft to the touch but is naturally sweat-wicking compared to regular cotton.
The secret lies behind the bamboo fibers which are thinner than the cotton plant fibers. Let’s just say that bamboo cotton is a natural sweat-wicking fabric that is very sustainable as bamboo grows really fast, and no forest has to be destroyed for it. Go check it out! Believe me, you may just buy your very own pair.
4. Karen Neuburger Women’s Top and Bottom Pajama Set
Wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the morning with a full seven to eight hours of sleep? Experiencing night sweats could change that because all that moisture soaking up your clothes and your bed is enough to wake anyone up in the middle of the night.
Whether it is menopause, any illness, or simply hyperhidrosis, nobody wants to sweat at night. There are different treatments available nowadays from non-invasive procedures to minimally invasive procedures like botox so you don’t have to worry too much.
There still isn’t any cure for primary hyperhidrosis. Most people who suffer from this condition end up either taking medication for it or using really good and effective clinical antiperspirants. Since we’re all about solving problems, why not include sweat-wicking pajamas to the list of your sweat fighting gear?
Now let’s talk about this brand of pajamas that I think you should know about — Karen Neuberger. This brand is named after the owner and former stay-at-home mom from the US. Karen was used to raising the kids and running a home when in 2004, her husband said that they would probably need extra income for living expenses.
It got Karen quite depressed for a bit because she was doing her best to avoid the corporate world as she’d rather work in her pajamas — then it hit her since she already designs her own pajamas, why doesn’t she make other styles that people would want to wear?
Her first design was all about oversized pajamas which were the trend back in 2004, but she slowly adjusted the styles as the years went by. She was, after all, a former fashion industry executive so she knew what she wanted and she also had a good eye for fashion.
Now, Karen Neuberger as a brand earns over a hundred million dollars, partially due to her really comfortable sleepwear and also because big players like Procter and Gamble have had partnerships with the brand. Years ago, famous talk show host Opah Winfrey recommended the brand on her show, boosting the sales and made the brand a mainstay in the world of comfortable pajamas.
This brand also innovated, making their line of comfortable sweat-wicking pajamas after discovering that many people suffered from night sweats. I love the fact that the brand was started by a hard-working woman who knew what she wanted. I decided to get one of her best designs and add it on this list.
Since I also wanted “basics” when it came to pajamas, the Karen Neuburger Women’s Top and Bottom Pajama Set was the perfect pair to go with. It looks so simple but it’s so comfortable to wear because Karen Neuberger chooses her fabrics well, making sure that you don’t feel like you’re wearing any sportswear to bed.
What makes this set special? I think everything about it makes it unique which is why it has a spot on this list. Let’s start with it being affordable, which is the problem of many new pajama sets. They’re comfortable and stylish but they come with a huge price tag that makes you wonder if it is even worth spending for.
I made sure that most, if not all the brands here are affordable, but I also made sure that they stand out in their own ways. This Karen Neuberger set is simple but it has different color combinations like checkered peach or even a light green that is so pleasing to the eyes.
Another amazing thing is that this brand found a specific blend of cotton and polyester for a natural feel and yet is still sweat-wicking like the other pajamas on this list. You can machine wash this set, just be careful to not add any harsh detergents to it and never add bleach or fabric conditioner because this will destroy your pajamas. Overall, I’d choose Karen Neuberger’s pajamas if I wanted a simple and chic set I can bring anywhere, even when I travel.
5. Ink+Ivy Capri Pajamas for Women
Night sweats can be one of the most difficult and underrated conditions that exist on this planet. One, most people underestimate the effects of excessive sweating. Two, they don’t really know the discomfort that sweating brings. The icky and sticky feeling is enough to make a person stand up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep.
My theory is, that this symptom can be connected to the irritable temper people notice on people who go through menopause/andropause. I mean, if you can’t get enough sleep it will definitely piss you off and ruin your day. It’s not easy not getting enough rest, especially when you’re older.
I always suggest going to a doctor when going through stuff like this, because they know exactly what medication to give or a general treatment plan that you can follow to give yourself some relief on the bothersome night sweats that have been plaguing you.
Another solution is to find the best sweat-wicking pajamas you can wear at night. After taking a warm shower, wearing these special types of pajamas can provide a cool feeling on the skin, reducing the body’s natural instinct to sweat when feeling warm.
I wanted to mix it up when it came to Capri-style pajamas, so I decided to add an Ink+Ivy set to this list. Although there is not much stuff written about this brand, it is one of the best-sellers online. I did some reading and research and discovered that lots of people just loved their Ink+Ivy set, no matter what style.
I decided to add another Capri set here just in case you needed another brand you may want to try. The Ink+Ivy Capri Pajamas for Women is one of the simplest and yet the most stylish of all the pajamas on this list if you ask me.
But what makes it unique? Why choose this brand? It’s because it is made out of plant-based rayon that is not only sustainable and innovative but also highly sweat-wicking. I like this set because it can also be worn by plus-sized women, as most brands limit themselves size-wise by having really small sizes that women often don’t fit into. The Capri-style is also unique because the pants aren’t tight at all. The whole thing is flowy without being too oversized.
I love the color which they call the Bohemian Night Navy, it looks so cooling and relaxing, unlike other brands that have their pajamas in muted or even bright colors that shouldn’t be used for sleepwear at all. If you’re looking for really comfortable and affordable Capri-style pajamas, go for the Ink+Ivy set, and you’ll definitely love it as much as I do.
Sweat-wicking pajamas are definitely upping their game on both comfort and style. Don’t miss out by buying your usual pair that may be comfortable but won’t wick sweat at all. These pajamas that I recommend are all worth every cent you spend and are also comfortable and classy in each of their own ways.
I made sure you have lots to choose from because I believe that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just a few options. If you have any questions on pajamas, specifically sweat-wicking ones, please check out the FAQ section below.
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1. Can I sleep without any clothes on instead?
Yes, you may but you may find yourself with either itchy skin or smelly sheets because night sweats can get the bed wet which could lead to foul odor. So in general, I wouldn’t suggest it. The key is to wear a protective layer (pajamas) that would wick sweat and at the same time protect your bed from getting soaked.
If you don’t want to feel bundled up or restricted, you can choose the lighter pajamas, and just avoid silk or satin. Everything that I recommended above is very light and is, of course, sweat-wicking. As I said, don’t sweat on it, because I will give you lots of alternatives.
2. How many times should I change my sheets?
If you are a person who doesn’t sweat much and who takes a bath before sleeping, I’d suggest changing your sheets every 10 days. Night sweats change everything though because the goal is NEVER to have the sweat touch your mattress. You might have to change in less than a week or let’s say every 3 days to be safe.
3. How many pajamas should I buy?
I’d suggest buying at least 4 pairs so you’d have one for every day of the week and Sundays (or your day off) can be wash day. I wouldn’t worry about getting too many sleepwear, especially the ones above because they’re all sweat-wicking which cuts the drying time by more than half the time a normal pair of pajama would dry. Your pajamas can dry in approximately 4-5 hours, even faster if it’s windy or if you spin-dry it.
4. Why do sweat-wicking pajamas cost a bit more than regular pajamas?
Sweat-wicking pajamas may cost a bit more than your regular pajamas because of the fabric used. The different fabric blends that help wick sweat is more expensive than your regular cotton. Don’t worry because most (if not all) of the brands I recommended are very affordable among many brands of sweat-wicking sleepwear.
5. What Can I use to protect my mattress from my sweat aside from pajamas?
I would use water-repellant mattress inserts! They’re affordable, you won’t feel a thing, and you could easily replace them. These inserts are also very light and they don’t feel like anything when you place them on top of your mattress, making them the perfect extra layer of protection that your mattress needs.
6. Any care tips I need to know on my new sweat-wicking pajamas?
Definitely! There are a few reminders I’d like to leave with you, my readers. First, only use mild laundry detergent on your pajamas. Second, do NOT use fabric conditioners on your pajamas as this can stop your pajama’s ability to wick sweat. I’d also recommend putting your washing machine on a gentle cycle when washing these clothes also never wash them with other clothes that might bleed as this can ruin the fabric on your jammies.
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My name is Oscar and I am the founder and director of Stop-Sweating-Now.com and have been researching and writing about hyperhidrosis for many years.
I have been sweating excessively for the better part of my life. I looked for solutions for well over a decade, but I never found anything that lasted.
It all started when I was around 14 years of age, when I suddenly found out that I was sweating more in my armpits than I should. At first I thought it was something that would go away soon, but I was wrong.
I had given up hope and accepted to live the rest of my life being embarrassed with ugly sweat stains in my armpits.
However, after a few years of not searching for any solutions anymore, I gave it another shot. And I found what finally gave me the freedom I had longed for so many years.
After finding a solution to my problem, I decided it was important to shout out my message to those that are suffering from what I had lived with so many years.
My goal is to help people find their freedom from sweating by sharing my expertise because hyperhidrosis is an underdiagnosed condition.
People don’t know that it is a medical term and can be treated effectively.
That is why I am here: Sharing with you what I know, what works and what does not work.
Want to learn more about what I did? Click below!