What Causes Night Sweats?
Night sweats can affect both men and women and are a common concern for many people. They can be caused by a number of reasons including some medical conditions and some medications you may be taking. Night sweats can be very severe at times and quite uncomfortable for those who are suffering with them.
Menopause or Some Infections Cause Night Sweats
Many medical conditions can cause night sweats the most well-known is menopause. But other conditions such as some infections, gland conditions, cancer and other diseases and disorders can trigger night sweats.
Infections that may cause night sweats include Brucellosis, a bacterial infection and Endocarditis which is an infection of the lining of the heart. An infected abscess can also be the culprit. Osteomyelitis an infection of the bone can also put you at risk of suffering from night sweats.
What Medication Causes Night Sweats?
Some medications produce the side effect of night sweats. In these cases you and your doctor need to evaluate the benefit of the medication in relation to the discomfort and inconvenience of your night sweats.
Some medications that commonly have this side effect include:
- Hormone therapy – any hormone replacement medication that is used to regulate the amount of a specific hormone in the body.
- Antidepressants – Medications used to manage the disorder.
- Antipyretics – Medications which are used to lower the temperature of your body.
- Hypo-glycemic Mediations – Used to decrease the amount of glucose in your blood.
Medical Conditions Can Cause Night Sweats
Certain medical conditions are known to cause night sweats. This does not mean that you will definitely have night sweats if you have the condition, simply that there is a higher possibility of it, that is all. Conditions such as HIV/AIDS, menopause, hyperthyroidism or having had a stroke can cause night sweats.
Medical conditions which affect your nervous system such as autonomic neuropathy, other neuropathies and disorders of the spinal cord such as Syringomyelia have been known to produce night sweats. Multiple cancers are known to produce night sweats. Some of which include an adrenal gland tumor known as Pheochromocytoma, Carcinoid syndrome, Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Leukemia.
Some episodes of night sweats are mild and easy to work through, but in some cases an episode of sweats can cause you to have to shower, change the bed and really interfere with your rest. Consult with your doctor to determine the cause of your night sweats and to determine what can be done to help you get relief from the problem.
How to Stop Having Night Sweats
There are many reasons why you may suffer from bad night sweats and hot flashes. The most common reason is menopause. Before you go any further, you need to determine that this is, in fact, the cause of the night sweats and hot flashes, or if something else is causing it. Once you’ve determined that it is menopause, you need to know how to stop severe night sweats and hot flashes.
How to Stop Night Sweats
Start by choosing different covers for sleeping. Sleep with a sheet if possible, and make sure that the sheet is cotton, as this is the coolest material. If you need a blanket, choose a light blanket.
Keep the room cool. If you share a room with a partner, give them their own blanket, and make sure that the blanket is warm enough for them, considering how cool you intend to keep the room. Also sleep in the coolest clothing that you can find, and again, choose cotton or linen.
Keep an ice bucket by your bed, filled with ice water with a cloth in it. If you wake up sweaty, use the cloth to wipe down your face and arms. Also if you have longer hair, sleep with your hair up in a pony tail to keep it off of your skin.
How to Stop Hot Flashes
Hot flashes can be bothersome because these generally happen when you are awake. You may feel it coming, or it could happen very suddenly. There are some things that you can do.
First, dress in layers – even in the summer time – so that you can take off a layer as you need to. This alone will help to drop your body temperature a bit. Also, have a pair of shoes that allow your feet to breath handy. Obviously, you don’t want to walk outside in the winter with sandals on your feet, but you can slide them on once you are indoors or behind your desk. If possible, choose shoes that you can kick off in an instant, because shedding your shoes will instantly make you feel ten to twenty degrees cooler.
Keep a moist rag handy. If you have a refrigerator handy, put it in the fridge. When the hot flashes hit use the rag to wipe the back of your neck, the inside of your wrists, and the back of your knees. You will be amazed at how much this cools you off.
There Is an End in Sight
While you may lessen your night sweats and hot flashes using these tips, it is important to realize that you may not stop them completely for as long as you are going through menopause. What you can keep in mind, however, is that there is an end in sight. As menopause ends, the night sweats and hot flashes end. It’s even possible that the instances of these things happen decrease as menopause progresses, or if you start taking hormone replacement therapy.