Do You Have The Night Sweats?Lisanne Wellness Center
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat? If you had a terrible dream or your room is sweltering, you might not think much of it. Anyone can wake up sweating once or twice, but if this happens often and there is no real reason to perspire (for instance, if it’s the middle of May and you’re not at all agitated), you may be suffering from night sweats (nocturnal hyperhidrosis). Night sweats are often accompanied by fever, weight loss, localized pain, cough, diarrhea, or other symptoms of concern. Anyone can experience night sweats, even people who rarely perspire during the day.
Causes of Night Sweats:
There are a lot of contributing factors that may lead to night sweats, including:
- Menopause (and the resulting hormonal changes): During menopause, hot flashes are expected, but many women aren’t prepared for the night sweats. Since night sweats are extremely common during menopause, if you are around age 50, are having irregular or skipped periods, and have no other symptoms besides night sweats and hot flashes, then this is likely the cause of your symptoms. If you are going through menopause, minimize the inconvenience of night sweats by taking a cold shower before bed and sleeping in a cool, dark room.
- Acid Reflux: GERD, or acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid causes food from move up the food pipe from the stomach. Studies have now found that gastroesophageal reflux can also cause night sweats since GERD is often worst at night when you’re horizontal and can’t spit out the food that comes up. Antireflux medication may help with this problem.
- Sleep Apnea: Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can cause oxygen deprivation and ultimately death. When you have sleep apnea, you don’t breathe regularly throughout the night, which starves your brain of oxygen. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and night sweats. When you can’t get the air you need, your body panics, often causing you to sweat with anxiety. See your doctor about possible treatment if you think you have sleep apnea.
- Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia causes your blood sugar to drop, which can cause night sweats. Other signs of hypoglycemia include headaches, nightmares, and abnormal or disturbed sleep. Talk to your doctor about ways to maintain your blood sugar levels if you think you may have hypoglycemia. Vitagenis CinnaMed is a dietary supplement that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and maintains insulin sensitivity.
- Hormonal Imbalance: A drop in estrogen levels (and the resulting effect on the hypothalamus) can often trigger night sweats in women. Other signs of an estrogen deficiency include headaches, low libido, reduced bone density (osteoporosis), and urinary tract infections (UTIs) and fatigue. Consider a supplement like Vitagenis AdernocortB. It is a therapeutic blend of activated vitamins which regulates the body’s production of energy and helps support all of the physiological systems associated with adrenal fatigue.
- Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the world. More than 9 million people have the disease. In 2014 alone, 1.5 million people were killed by Tuberculosis. People with Tuberculosis may experience night sweats for months before other signs and symptoms are discovered.
Since there are so many underlying causes of night sweats, treatment will vary for each person. The best way to treat night sweats is to talk to your doctor so he or she can pinpoint the reason for your night sweats.
Night sweats are not only extremely unpleasant, causing you to do extra piles of laundry every week, but they can also cause sleep problems. When you’re afraid to fall asleep or constantly awakened by night sweats, you’ll begin to experience daytime tiredness, fatigue, and possibly more serious conditions like insomnia. Therefore, it’s important that you address night sweats immediately.
One way to learn more about your night sweats (and to develop a plan of action that will work for you and your lifestyle) is to schedule a one on one consultation with our functional medicine expert. . You can also call Lisanne Wellness Center anytime at 713-461-WELL.