If you wake up with drenched sheets or bed clothing, you may suffer from night sweats. This condition is also called sleep sweats and is referred to medically as sleep hyperhidrosis.
Profuse sweating during sleep usually begins in early adulthood. Generally, this drenching sweat occurs for no known reason and is not indicative of a health problem. It may be caused by something as simple as an overheated room or too many blankets on the bed.
If you or someone in your family has sleep sweats on a regular basis, it could be a symptom of a number of health issues. See your doctor and have a thorough checkup to rule out any underlying medical problems that need to be addressed
Sleep hyperhidrosis, which is a relatively common occurrence, has been associated with fevers, sunburn, menopause, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, HIV, infections, pregnancy, and sleep apnea, among others. In one survey, 66 percent of sleep apnea sufferers reported excessive sleep sweats.
Other causes of night sweats are thought to be a result of the following.
- Medications such as blood pressure controllers, pain relievers, antidepressants
- Hormone therapy
- Stress and anxiety
- Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spicy foods
- Autoimmune disorders
Infrequently, night sweats are a symptom of a serious disease such as lung disease, tuberculosis, or cancer such as Hodgkin's disease.
Scientists classify sleep hyperhidrosis severity by degrees, ranging from waking up and needing to turn over the pillow to a complete drenching that requires a shower and a change of bedding.
Medical treatment, if required, is aimed at treating the underlying disorder or disease that is causing the sweating. If your doctor doesn't find a physical basis for your soaking symptoms, follow these guidelines to reduce or eliminate sleep sweating.
Sources: http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/sweats.html, The Medical Advisor: The Complete Guide to Alternative & Conventional Treatments, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/night-sweats/MY00576
- Avoid hot food or drinks, alcoholic beverages, spicy or sugary foods, anything with caffeine, and carbonated drinks.
- Focus on healthy living by eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. If you are overweight, lose some excess pounds,
- Reduce the infuences in your life that trigger anxiety or stress.
- Monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your bedroom to maximize your comfort and relaxation.
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