What are Night Sweats?

by A.D Paterson on 03/08/2010

Essentially, night sweats (Sleep hyperhidrosis) is a condition whereby a person sweats profusely while they’re asleep. That might not be a surprise to most people, but, did you know that it can happen to almost anyone, start at any age, and begin for a wide variety of reasons?

Often the night sweats will start in the early years of adulthood, and aren’t going to cause many more problems than wet sleepwear and a number of disrupted night’s sleep, however, that’s not always going to be the case.

Sometimes the sleep hyperhidrosis can be the result of some underlying illness that the person might not be aware of. For that reason it’s important to know what some of the basic reasons are for people getting night sweats, and if they aren’t something that you might be doing before going to bed, then you may want to consult with your local doctor.

Common Sleep Hyperhidrosis Causes:

  1. Hot weather
  2. Over heated bedroom
  3. Exercising before bedtime
  4. Having a hot drink before bedtime
  5. Having hot and spicy food before going to bed

There may be a number of other common causes, but the list above holds the ones you should have a look at first.

Health Related Sleep Hyperhidrosis Causes:

  1. Stress
  2. Emotional problems
  3. Menopause
  4. ‘Flu
  5. Thyroid problems
  6. The common cold
  7. Virus

As you can see there are also a number of health related causes for night sweats, and that’s just a small number of them.

Some of the Symptoms Associated with Sleep Hyperhidrosis:

  1. Saturated nightwear or bed covers
  2. Hot flashes
  3. Cold chills
  4. Disrupted sleep

Again, the list goes on.

As you can see, many of the symptoms are very similar to the symptoms you might see with other illnesses i.e. the cold or flu, so they can quite easily be confused with something else and not diagnosed at all.

If you are in any doubt about what might be causing the night sweats, and you have eliminated some of the causes mentioned earlier, then it may be a good idea to seek professional advice.

The chances are the night sweats are more to do with your bedroom being too hot, that you having some other, as yet, undiagnosed health issue, but it’s always best to have these things checked out.

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