Night Sweats

There are many things that can break up your sleep: bad dreams, a drippy faucet or a snoring spouse. But when you wake up sweating at night, feeling sticky and uncomfortable, it is more than just an inconvenience it can be a sign of a more serious health condition, a sleep disorder known as night sweats.

Night Sweats Definition

Medically, night sweats are defined as any profuse sweating that occurs during sleep or nighttime hours without obvious causes such as a hot and humid night.

Causes of Night Sweats

Night sweats can be caused by serious medical conditions, the most common cause is tuberculosis. Those who complain of night sweats are first tested for this condition to rule it out. Other causes of night sweats include pregnancy, menopause, an infection, using certain medications, cancer, hormone disorders, stress or anxiety.

Night Sweats Symptoms

The most obvious symptom of night sweats are physical: waking up soaked in sweat when you were sleeping normally beforehand is the first visual symptom. The amount of and type sweat is also indicative as it is typically profuse and may have an acidic smell to it as well. A light sheen of sweat on a hot summer night is normal, but having to get up to change clothing and sheets and to shower is not.

Night Sweats Treatment

How you treat your night sweats must first start with addressing the main cause. If you believe that you may have this condition consult with your doctor to determine underlying cause. Once the reason for the night sweats is found you can pursue the proper treatment to address the condition.

In addition to the treatment prescribed by your doctor reducing the temperature in the room, sleeping with a fan or wearing thin cotton clothing to wick the sweat away from your body will help to minimize the discomfort from night sweats.

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