In the heat of the night, when your body’s temperature starts to rise and you seem to just soak up your sheets with sweat, you may chuck it off to too many covers being on your bed. But what if there was more to it than the obvious?
Night sweats are medically referred to as “sleep hyperhidrosis”. They are episodes of nighttime sweating, ranging from mild to profuse perspiration. Night sweats are very similar to hot flashes or vasomotor symptoms that can affect menopausal women during the waking hours, but there is a vast difference between the two.
Oftentimes, night sweats can be so intense that they interrupt a person’s sleep, which can affect many aspects of their daily life. Common symptoms of night sweats include sudden and intense heat, irregular heartbeat, nausea, flushing, chills, and headaches.
Women, in particular, can experience this most with menopause-related night sweats that range anywhere from mild to severe symptoms, varying in duration and happens most often during their usual sleeping hours.
So, if you’re not menopausal, what else could be the cause of your night sweats? Here are the facts.
Medical causes, such as diabetes, neurological conditions, sleep apnea, cancer, and thyroid disorder, can all contribute to night sweats. Consumption of hot or spicy foods and alcohol or caffeine also can also be triggers when it comes to night sweats.
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People who suffer from tuberculosis may experience night sweats as a side effect. However, tuberculosis isn’t the only bacterial infection linked to night sweats, and others such as abscesses, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis may all cause night sweats too.
Certain emotions can bring out the best or the worse in us. Emotion-based conditions like stress, anxiety and disturbing dreams can all contribute to night sweats. So, keep a close eye out on what is happening at the time most of your night sweats occur to pinpoint the cause.
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