Night sweats is a term used not for simply sweating at night, but for profuse sweating at night that can drench your sheets and bed. Sweating is the body’s mechanism for regulating body temperature, but increased sweating at night can become an impediment to sleep. There are many causes of night sweats, some can be easily treated and other more serious ones that cannot. The main medical reasons for night sweats are noted below.
Menopause: Women nearing menopause experience night sweats, along with hot flashes at night. Hot flashes is a very common symptom in premenopausal women and can occur any time during the day or night.
Infections: Some Infections are also associated with night sweats. Tuberculosis is most commonly associated with night sweats. Other bacterial infections that cause inflammation of the heart, bone and abscesses, are known to be causes of night sweats. Sometimes AIDs is also a reason for experiencing night sweats.
Medications: Taking antidepressants are commonly cause night sweats. Taking other medications like acetaminophen, aspirin, Viagra, Niacin, Nitroglycerine, Hydralazine, Nolvadex, and steroids like Prednisolone, Prednisone, and cortisone may also be associated with night sweats. People taking medications for diabetes may also experience occasional night sweats as a result of hypoglycemia or low blood glucose levels.
Hormone Imbalance: an overactive thyroid gland, a condition known as hyperthyroidism can cause night sweats. Other hormone disorders include carcinoid and pheochromocytoma, both tumors occurring in cells responsible for producing hormones.
Cancer: Some kinds of cancer, especially lymphomas, are responsible for causing night sweats. This is often accompanied by other symptoms associated with cancer.
In rare occurrences, night sweats may also be caused due to stroke or other neurologic conditions.
There are some unidentifiable causes of night sweats too. Excessive exercise or a combination of hot weather and inappropriate bed wear can cause occasional night sweats. Stress is another factor than can affect your body adversely. This becomes a concern only when night sweats are accompanied by other symptoms or occurs more often.
Though the serious causes of nightly sweats require medical intervention, a healthy diet and lifestyle always helps to regulate normal bodily functions and promises a good night’s rest. Drinking lots of water, avoiding alcohol and caffeine at night, exercising regularly, relieves stress and can help alleviate night sweats. For some people, alternative therapy like herbal medicines, acupuncture and the like are also acceptable options, and can be pursued after consultation with their physician.