Why Are My Feet Hot at Night?

Why Are My Feet Hot at Night?

Arguably one of the most troublesome things about going to bed is trying to find that perfect body temperature — especially when you’re dealing with burning feet.

Some people need to sleep in an ice box, while others prefer to wear layers upon layers in order to stay nice and toasty all night long. Has anyone noticed that sometimes, regardless of your sleeping preferences, you still wake up with a thin layer of sweat that somehow always starts with a burning sensation in your feet? 

There are several reasons why your feet could be hot at night, and they can relate to everything from your immune system to your blood sugar. However, figuring out which cause you’re dealing with is another story and it sometimes requires the help of a healthcare professional. Sometimes, in a woman’s case, she could possibly be going through menopause, thus already having blood flow regulation and nerve function or nerve damage issues. 

Our feet are very sensitive parts of our body; that being said, it is extremely important to take care of and understand the inner workings of your body. Even something so seemingly minuscule, like why your feet get hot at night, is something you should try and get to the bottom of. 

Is My Bedding Making My Feet Hot?

Unfortunately, your bedding can be the culprit of your hot feet (and this is the case more often than not). If you have heavy bedding made from cheap materials, it’s a hot feet recipe for disaster.

At Ocoza, you are the center of it all; your wants and needs are what we focus on first and foremost. Our premium products are designed to give you the best of both worlds when it comes to style, quality, and affordability. That being said, we have designed our products to enhance your daily life. All of our bedding is made from 100% natural long-staple cotton that ensures you’re getting the comfort and style you deserve. 

Bedding like our Sateen Stripe Duvet Cover in Cappuccino is a prime example of one of the most breathable, high-quality fabrics in a modern and neutral stylish shade. If you’re taking the time to figure out why exactly your feet are hot at night, chances are you’ve tried everything so far. From home remedies to over-the-counter creams, to going and changing up your bedding from one fabric to another, there are countless options. If that sounds familiar, read on so we can help you figure out why exactly it’s happening and what you can do to fix it. 

What Is Nerve Damage and Why It’s One of the Causes of Burning Feet

When it comes to sweaty feet, it can’t always be due to the fact that you fell asleep with your socks on again. We know that answer is a lot easier than it being due to some kind of nerve damage in your feet. If you have ever felt like you have had a burning or hot feeling in the bottoms of your feet, we’re going to guess that you know exactly what kind of feeling we’re talking about. 

The feeling of burning, numbness, pins and needles, inflammation, and redness in the soles of your feet are signs to pay attention to if you think your feet are getting hotter than normal. Nerve pain and damage, scientifically known as peripheral neuropathies, refers to the intense foot pain that is found in this particular medical condition. The good news is that this nervous system issue is completely reversible. With the help of over-the-counter creams and shoe inserts, you can get to healing as quickly as ever. 

Other Remedies

If over-the-counter creams are not up your alley, there are several other ways to put an end to the nerve damage. There are so many different kinds of treatment options. You can go with home remedies such as using cold water to soak your feet in for an extended amount of time and make the blood vessels constrict. We do suggest that if you go that route, you at least have a soft towel like the Waffle Cone Towel in Beige in order to absorb the cool water faster and dry quickly. 

Apple cider vinegar and fish oil never did anyone any harm, so you can always try giving those a shot as well! They are both safe to use topically and internally as supplements, so it is entirely up to you and what you are comfortable with. The important thing to remember when using home remedies is to make sure you are not digesting or using any kind of ingredients that you are allergic to. Be sure to check all ingredients in the products you’re using in order to prevent an allergic reaction from happening. 

If you want a third option, look into getting socks that are specifically designed for diabetic neuropathy therapy. These socks are often worn by those dealing with the side effects of type 2 diabetes. You can do all of the above and it still might not work, but all of these options are great starting practices. 

How Do I Know if I Have a Vitamin Deficiency? 

Hot feet can also be a telltale sign that you have a vitamin deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies such as low iron, lack of vitamin b12 and b6, and folate can lead to other, more serious issues like eating disorders and alcohol abuse. It can become quite extreme, but nerve damage can be handled with proper care and action. 

Vitamin deficiencies have symptoms like dry or cracked lips, rough sky or hair, being able to bruise easily, and hot feet are things to look out for. If you see patterns of yourself lacking the necessary vitamins, make sure that you are eating well and hydrating your body. It doesn’t hurt to take daily supplements to make sure that you’re nourishing your body in all the ways it needs. 

What Does a Fungal Infection Look Like?

Next up on the list of possible causes that make your feet hot at night is a fungal infection. It is nothing to be embarrassed by if that’s the case. In fact, it is estimated that at any one time 15 to 25% of people are currently experiencing athlete's foot, one of the most common fungal infections. 

The important thing to note about fungal infections is that they can be extremely contagious. If you are beginning to see signs of an infection, you should seek medical attention right away. A fungal infection is also known as mycosis, it is an airborne infection that affects the skin, toenails, and potentially your lungs. If not treated quickly enough, it can spread throughout the body. It also causes your feet to sweat even more, which then causes you to wake up in the middle of the night half asleep and covered in sweat and dealing with burning feet syndrome.

If you are ever barefoot in a public place, make sure you head home and clean those feet thoroughly. It is a good practice that helps prevent fungal infections from even happening in the first place. You can also see what fabric your socks are made up of to make sure that your feet can breathe throughout the day. 

In Conclusion

The most common cause for your feet being hot at night is that you aren’t sleeping with the right bedding. Do yourself a favour and buy high-quality bedding that is lightweight and will help you sleep soundly throughout the night. Ocoza is your one-stop shop for all things bedding and linens to improve your sleep (and keep your feet cool). 


Foot Temperature in Healthy Individuals | Pub Med

Hot Feet: Causes and Treatments | Medical News Today

Peripheral Neuropathies Due To Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies | Pub Med

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