Most of us have experienced waking up in the
the night or in the morning absolutely drenched in sweat when being
ill, so we all know just how uncomfortable and unpleasant it can be.
This condition, also known as night
sweats, can be related to a number
of different factors or medical conditions, so the first step towards
waking up in the morning with dry sheets is to know exactly what is
causing the problem.
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order to understand the causes of night sweats, it is first
necessary to understand how and why
we sweat in the first place. For
starters, the body actually has two
different types of sweat glands,
both of which could be contributing to your sweaty sleep.
type of sweat glands is known as eccrine
glands, and these are the
glands that are responsible for cooling down our body temperature. Most
of us know that the body regulates its temperature by releasing sweat
which evaporates and cools the skin and thus the whole body.
process of regulating the body’s temperature is performed by the
which is basically a thermostat inside the body that
sends signals to the eccrine glands to help cool us down.
second type of sweat glands is known as apocrine glands, and
sweat glands are actually controlled by our emotions.
you have ever
experienced the feeling of having sweaty hands when you are nervous,
then you know all about how these glands work.
Typically, it is the
eccrine glands that are responsible for most of our sweating while
sleeping, but the actual cause of the problem could be due to many
different medical conditions which can send signals to the hypothalamus
telling it to raise the body’s temperature.
course, the most common reason that most people experience night
sweats is due to an
illness, like a virus or a bacterial infection.
illnesses typically result in a fever, and this increased body
temperature will cause a person to sweat profusely, both while awake
and while sleeping.
though, the sweaty nights will go away
again as soon as the person fully recovers from the virus or
are known to sweat much
less than men and some people believe
this is because they have fewer sweat glands in their bodies.
this is not true, as everyone has a different amount of sweat glands,
and the actual reason that women sweat less than men is because they
are better at regulating
the level of water in their body.
there is one time when women are known to sweat profusely and that is
when they are going
through menopause. The hormonal changes that occur
during menopause often cause women to experience hot flashes, when
their body temperature almost instantly rises as much as 5 or 6 degrees
Fahrenheit. This is caused by a sudden drop in estrogen
can confuse the hypothalamus and cause it to raise the body
as much as most men don’t want to hear it, hot flashes are not
only reserved for the fairer sex. Men with prostate trouble are
typically prescribed medications which can also cause the same hormonal
changes and result in excessive sweating. In addition, there are also
many other types of medicine that can cause night
one has night sweats
because these drugs will cause
the heart rate to increase,
resulting in increased sweating. One of the most common types of drugs
to cause this problem is antipyretics,
which are drugs prescribed to
reduce a fever.
group of drugs includes
both aspirin and
acetaminophen, both of which are commonly taken when a
person has a
fever. While the fever may be lowered, these drugs still result in
increased sweating. Antidepressants are another group of medications
that can often result in night sweats.
are also certain lifestyle factors that can result in increased
sweating while sleeping. Drinking
alcohol within a few hours of
sleeping is known to result in a lowered quality of sleep and is often
accompanied by sweaty sleep as well as excessive
you often eat spicy foods for dinner,
this could also be the culprit behind your sweaty nights, as chilies
and other spicy foods can raise the external body
temperature. Even if
you eat them several hours before bedtime, you may still sweat while
sleeping, as it takes the body hours to process and digest
some people just sweat excessively, both during the day and at
night. A small percentage of the population suffers from a condition
known as hyperhidrosis,
where they have overactive sweat
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first step towards treating this problem is to know what is causing
it. Your doctor should be able to tell if you are suffering from a
medical condition which is causing you to sweat more than normal, so
that should be the first step.
you have visited with your doctor and ruled out any medication or
medical condition as the cause, there are still a few other things you
can do which might help. You could try using an antiperspirant
sleeping, or lower the
thermostat to keep your bedroom a few degrees
sweating could also be caused by stress
or anxiety, so try
to lower your stress levels and eliminate any stressful activities
before bedtime. You may also want to try drinking chamomile tea
is known to promote a more restful sleep.
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