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And As The Night Perspires

Did you wake up in the middle of the night to discover that you are drenched with sweat?  If you did and this is not the first time that this has happened you might be experiencing sleep sweatingNight sweats can and do happen to a lot of people and there are several reasons this could be happening. Let’s go over possible reasons for night sweats symptoms and causes.

What's Got You Sweating During Sleep?

So for the past few nights you have either woken up in the middle of the night or early morning to discover that you have been sweating in your sleep.  There are several reasons this could be happening.  The first thing you must figure out before considering any other possibility is how hot is it in your bedroom at night and are you under too many blankets or are you wearing to much nightclothes? There have actually been times in my life when there has been the change of seasons from winter into spring or spring into summer when I have actually awoke in a sweat and discovered that it was simply too hot in my room and I was still under a winter blanket and wearing winter pajama’s. If you find that the temperature in your room is normal, a good temperature for sleeping is 68 to 72 degrees depending on the individual. Also having the right amount of blankets on the bed and the correct pajama’s for the season are the next most common factors for sleep sweats.

Women with Night Sweats

If you are a women with night sweats, the most common reason for sweating during sleep if you are in your late thirties, forties or fifties is perimenopause or menopause.  If the night sweats are really bothersome you can discuss hormone replacement with your doctor, however, if you would rather not take these hormones then just know that this too will pass when you get through menopause.  Sometimes when we understand why things are happening we can learn to pass through them more easily and with more piece of mind espeically.

Other Causes of Night Sweats

We have discussed obvious possible reasons for night sweats such as the temperature in the room to too much clothing and menopause.  If you have ruled out these obvious reasons then let’s look at other causes of night sweats.

Another common cause of night sweats is bacterial infections like a gum infections, bronchitis, throat infections, ear infections and skin infections.  Those are very common medical conditions that can cause bacterial night sweats.  There are some less obvious ones like AIDS or HIV and tuberculosis.  There is another hormone related cause of night sweats that does not involve menopause and that is hyperthyroidism.

Cancer is another possible cause for night sweats.  The cancer most commonly connected to night sweats is lymphoma.  Although people with lymphoma normally experience other side effect’s such as weight loss and unexplained fevers.  Now before you get all upset that the C word was mentioned let’s explore some other reasons why you could be sweating during sleep.  Are you taking any medications?  Several medications can cause night sweats so check out possible side effects of the medications you are taking.

So as you have just read there are many causes of night sweats.  If you have gone over the list and determined that your night sweats are not being caused by anything in this list then you should see your doctor and let him know what’s going on.  He can order different kinds of tests to rule out certain diseases and help you determine the cause.  Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to one's overall health, so here’s to sleeping well getting a good night’s sleep. 

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