Compare 5 Brands of Sweat-Wicking Pajamas

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Wicking sleepwear is designed to give you a good night's sleep despite symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats. They are made with special fabrics, weaves, and finishes designed to prevent moisture build-up.

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Night sweats can occur due to environmental conditions but may also be the result of pregnancy, menopause, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, tuberculosis, breast cancer treatment, and many other health conditions.

No matter the cause, night sweats can interrupt a good night's sleep, leaving you feeling damp, uncomfortable, and sleep-deprived. Wicking pajama relieves some of the stress by redirecting moisture that might otherwise accumulate in clothing, sheets, pillows, and mattresses.

How Wicking Pajamas Work

Wicking sleepwear can help relieve sleep disruptions caused by night sweats by channeling moisture away from the skin using specialized, high-performance fabrics. By doing so, your skin remains drier and your clothing is less likely to cling to your body due to moisture saturation.

With the wrong sleepwear, fabrics can become soaked and quickly lower the body temperature, creating a chill that can awaken you at night. With the right sleepwear, the moisture will evaporate rather than accumulate, not only keeping you drier but bringing down the body temperature to a level that is comfortable for sleeping.

Moisture-wicking relies on capillary action, meaning that liquid is drawn into tiny spaces within a fabric or fiber so that it is able to be dispersed and evaporate.

Wicking is not simply about absorbency, since absorbent fibers like cotton can become saturated. It is about moving moisture from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric so that it can evaporate and prevent saturation.

This not only requires textile engineering but also the careful selection of fibers with moisture-wicking properties.

Fiber Options

Some synthetic fibers like polyester and viscose are ideal for wicking pajamas because they are hydrophobic (water-resistant). If ever there is excessive sweat, hydrophobic fibers will move the liquid between the spaces in the weave rather than drawing it into the yarns. On the downside, synthetic fabrics can sometimes feel slick and "synthetic-y."

Natural fibers like bamboo, linen, and wool are also good for wicking pajamas, but for different reasons. Rather than being hydrophobic, the fibers have hollow cores that literally suction in liquid from the skin. This not only fights moisture build-up but may also reduce bacterial growth and body odors. Bamboo and linen also have antibacterial properties.

As appealing as natural fibers may be, they are often not as light or soft as synthetics. Wool especially can retain heat that promotes sweating.

To this end, wicking sleepwear manufacturers will sometimes combine natural and synthetic fibers to achieve the best of worlds. The combination can make the finished fabric feel softer against the skin while retaining the breathable and character of a natural-fiber textile.

Special treatments and finishes can be applied to the finished fabric to enhance its wicking properties.

Comparing Top Brands

If searching for wicking pajamas to help overcome night sweats or hot flashes, there are four brands that actively market themselves for such purposes:

  • Cool-jams
  • Dry Dreams
  • Yala (formerly Dreamsacks)
  • Fishers Finery
  • SleepyTime

Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Because there is no rating system for moisture-wicking properties, your decision will largely be based on price, texture, fiber content, construction, style, and fit.

  Cool-jams Dry Dreams Yala Fishers Finery SleepyTime
Fiber Content Polyester microfiber Micropolyester Bamboo Bamboo, organic cotton, and spandex Bamboo and spandex
Texture Silk-like Silk-like Washed cotton feel Cotton-like Smooth
Sizes  S-M-L-XL XS to XXXL S-M-L-XL XS to XXL S-M-L-XL
Colors Solids Solids Solids Solids Black
Styling Classic comfort Roomy Flattering Flattering Two-piece pajama set
Fits properly? Yes Loose-fitting Tends to fit snugly Yes Yes
Product extras Comes with a washing bag N/A

Fair trade and ecologically friendly

N/A N/A
Menswear available? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bed linens available? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Company outtreach Supports five charities 100% of profits supports two charities Supports four charities N/A N/A
Price Starts at $65.00 Starts at $79.99 Starts at $35.00 Starts at $59.00 Starts at $35.00

If you are living with chronic night sweats, as can occur if you are coping with menopause or breast cancer treatment, it may be worth buying an extra pair of pajamas so there is always a fresh pair on-hand.

A 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded half of all women with menopause experience symptoms for seven years or more.

Other Solutions

In addition to buying wicking pajamas, there are other things you can do to reduce the impact that night sweats and hot flashes have on your life:

  • Avoid triggers: Caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods can all trigger hot flashes. Cutting back on these may help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.
  • Keep the bedroom cool: If you don't have an air conditioner, use a fan or keep a window open.
  • Change your bed linens: In addition to wicking pajamas, consider buying temperature-balancing bed linens to reduce heat build-up that promotes sweating.
  • Quit smoking: People who smoke tend to experience more frequent and severe hot flashes. This is yet another reason to quit cigarettes.
  • Lose weight: Women who are overweight tend to have worse hot flashes than those of average weight. While losing weight can be a challenge, the loss of even a few pounds can help.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise may help relieve night sweats by improving hormone regulation. Some studies have shown that yoga is especially useful in reducing vasomotor symptoms of menopause.
  • Improve your diet: Research suggests that dietary improvements can lead to a reduction in hot flashes during menopause. This includes eating "functional foods" rich in resveratrol (found in tomatoes), tryptophan (salmon, poultry, eggs, and spinach), glycine (fish, legumes, and dairy products), and vitamin E (sunflower seeds and almonds).
  • Eat plant-based estrogen: Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that may help reduce hot flashes caused by the depletion of estrogen during menopause. Foods rich in phytoestrogen include chickpeas, grains, soybeans, apples, carrots, flaxseed, and lentils.
  • Try acupuncture: Some studies have shown that acupuncture may help relieve hot flashes caused by menopause, as well as hot flashes caused by breast cancer treatment.

A Word From Verywell

While hot flashes are common, true drenching night sweats—in which bedding and clothes become so soaked as to require changing—are not. If you don't have an obvious environmental or health reason for night sweats, see your doctor as they may be a sign of a serious health condition.

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