Does anyone know of any research on the relationship between night sweats and supercompensation? Or sweating at night and exercise/recovery more generally?
I ask because basically all the time I’ve been doing structured work and being sure that I’m pushing myself, my recovery will include waking up having sweated at night. Nothing dramatic – I’d say sticky or damp, rather than drenched – but enough to be noticeable.
The unusual thing is that it seems to be associated with recovery more than it does exercise. Specifically, I have these nights at times I feel like my fitness is really levelling up. Last night, for example, was the Monday rest day at the beginning of a recovery week; as expected, I woke up clammy.
It previously happened to me during a big period of run training, too, which is also incidentally my only significant structured work in running. The same thing: happening rarely, always after big days.
In the moment – that is, when I wake up, half-asleep and damp – I tend to think that it makes perfect sense because my body is doing a lot through the process of supercompensation, and of course some of that work will throw off waste as heat. Which I don’t think really makes any scientific sense, but is some clue to how established the correlation is in my brain, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was some more reasonable version of this process.
It’s got to the point that I sort of don’t mind it because it feels like an indicator that something of some kind is going on. But would be grateful to know what that something is! It would also be nice to stop it happening, if I can, though it’s not so miserable to be a big problem.
Having read through a few of the threads on here about night sweats, I don’t think much of it applies to me. People seem to get them chronically, and independent of exercise and recovery, which is absolutely not the case. Others get them from doing more obvious things like working out late, which doesn’t really apply for the reasons outlined above.
Grateful for any help! Thanks!