Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night or early morning to find yourself laying in a puddle of your own sweat? Chances are, this has happened to you once or twice in your life (if not more). Night sweats are caused by an incredibly numerous underlying conditions and/or daily routines. Within this article, you will learn
- What night sweats actually are
- What are some of the main causes of night sweats in both men and women
- Working treatments, cures, and natural remedies to help end night sweating
What Is Night Sweating?
In the simplest terms, night sweats are defined as “excessive sweating that occurs at any point during the night.” Night sweats are a sub condition of primary hyperhidrosis and can be quite disturbing. Its important to distinguish between regular sweating at night (when you’re hot because either the room is warm or you have too many blankets on your body and your body is trying to cool off) and the night sweating condition.
Night sweats can and typically affect many (if not all) parts of your body including your head, chest, legs, arms, and back. When you wake up in a puddle of your own perspiration, you will typically have your clothes drenched.
According to many doctors, clinical night sweating in men is not caused by external heat, but rather by the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that regulates certain hormones and connects important parts of the brain) incorrectly receiving and interpreting these signals that causes your body to heat up and sweat.
Are Night Sweats Common?
Sleep hyperhidrosis, or better known as night sweats are relatively common due to it being a frequent side effect of so many sicknesses, conditions, cancers, infections, and other disorders. Demographically speaking, the highest percent of people that are medically diagnosed with night sweats are typically women over 40, going through menopause and premenopause.
Can Night Sweats Be Serious?
Night sweats in of themselves are typically not considered dangerous or life threatening. However, since night sweats are so closely connected to other serious conditions and disorders, it might be a prime indicator of something more serious.
What Causes Night Sweats?
Before we dive into the deep end, there are over 50 connections between sleep hyperhidrosis and medical conditions. When your body becomes heated at night or is fighting off any virus or infection, your body tends to “sweat it out”. If you’re fighting some type of illness for more than a few days, you probably would be classified with hyperhidroisis during your sleep. Due to this simple fact, hyperhidrosis is linked to many, many different things.
Infections Linked with Night Sweats
- Mono (mononucleosis)
- Fungal infections
- Lung abscesses
Cancers Linked To Night Sweats
Disorders Commonly Linked With Sleep Hyperhidrosis
- Premature ovarian failure
- Temporal arteritis
- Endocrine Tumors
- Drug Withdrawals to Ethanol, benzodiazepine, and heroin
It’s also important to note at this point that if your body is trying to fight off any virus, cold, or similar, chances are that you could have night sweats in order to overcome the cold/virus. Typically doctors recommend waiting a week before going in to get checked and diagnosed in order to see whether the excessive perspiration at night is temporary or long-term.
Excessive Night Sweats in Men
If you’re a man and you’re experiencing hyperhidrosis at night, chances are you could be experiencing a whole different experience than if a woman has the same condition.
9 times out of 10, mean who have night sweats can easily reduce (and even cure) their extreme sweating condition using home remedies. We will get into this later in the article.
Men are active in general. Without a doubt, the most common causes for night sweats in men are :
- low testosterone levels
- high caliber physical activity
- hypothalamus not reacting properly
- Keeping your body too hot ( in hot conditions or wearing too many layers of clothing)
Men under 30 or 40 probably can relate their issue to one of the above causes. With that being said, men over 60 have a heightened chance for more severe conditions. If hyperhidrosis is common, you should consult a professional doctor.
Night Sweats for Women
If you’re a woman and you’re a victim of night sweats, you could be going through something different than what a male at your age would go through. Women have hot flashes and menopause, where men do not. Because of these factors, hyperhidrosis at night can be quite a different experience for women. The most common causes for night sweats in women include:
- Lack of water
- Too much caffeine consumption
How Do I Treat my Excessive Night Perspiration?
If you have been diagnosed with any kind of hyperhidrosis (primary or secondary) you should consult your doctor for the perfect solution.
Unfortunately, there is no dry cut answer to this question because the treatment solution depends solely on the underlying cause. Doctors may suggest medications, medical procedures, or simply a few lifestyle changes.
Are there any Natural Treatments for night sweats?
Yup there are actually quite a few. These natural treatments work for both men and women of all ages looking to reduce the amount of sweat their body releases during the evening hours.
In order to reduce your sweating at night naturally, you should :
- Try to sleep in easily removable layers of clothing
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Keep your bedroom at a cooler temperature than normal
- Avoid alcohols and caffeinated beverages
- Avoid spicy foods
- Make an effort to eat fresh veggies and fresh fruits
If you follow these 6 simple steps, you can easily reduce your night sweats.
What about Home Remedies?
Looking for a “quick-fix”, mom-and-pop solution to your perspiration during the evening hours? If so, then you should make an effort to change your diet up and consume:
- Black Cohosh
- Protein-based foods
- Viatamin E
- Primrose Oil
There’s no question about it; night sweats are a huge issue effecting millions of men and women each and every night. Without understanding the issue entirely, you could go days, weeks, months, and even years sweating each and every night without understanding why.
Night sweats are linked to many, many disorders and conditions so it’s extremely important to consult a professional. With that being said, most of the time your body is simply fighting off a virus or a cold.
There is no one-stop solution to every and all night sweat due to the fact that the underlying issue is the culprit of the evening sweats.