Sweating at night is perfectly natural, particularly if you’re feeling warm. On occasion, however, night sweats can be a sign of something else.
What causes Night Sweats?
Many people experience night sweats at some point in their lives. The causes of night sweats in men can be different to those for women but generally speaking, possible causes include:
- Illness or fever.
- Infections. Tuberculosis is most commonly associated with night sweats, but abscesses and some bacterial infections can also be causes.
- Side effects of medications. Anti-depressants, some other psychiatric drugs and fever-reducing drugs such as aspirin are known to trigger night sweats.
- Heavy night clothes or bedding.
- Sleep apnoea – a condition that causes difficulties breathing during sleep.
- Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. People taking insulin or oral diabetes medication may have hypoglycaemia at night, which causes sweating.
- Drinking alcohol can dilate the blood vessels, which warms the skin and leads to sweating.
- Hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating.
- Hormone disorders, such as an overactive thyroid gland.
- Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during the menopause, can cause night sweats in women.
Can I prevent Night Sweats?
If you find you’re often sweating at night, a few simple changes could help improve things:
- Stay hydrated during the day.
- Wear lighter clothing in bed.
- Change your bedding to lighter fabrics or a thinner duvet.
- Keep your bedroom cool and well ventilated at night.
- Avoid potential triggers, such as spicy food, caffeine, smoking and alcohol.
Can I apply antiperspirant at night?
You may want to apply antiperspirant at night when your sweat glands are less active. This will allow it to work while you sleep and into the next day.
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If in doubt, consult a professional
If you’re experiencing night sweats − to the point where you regularly soak your bed sheets – it’s best to speak to an expert. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional, and they’ll be able to offer you further advice.
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