Sweating while sleeping: 4 possible causes
That he times sweating at night is not a problem. However, if night sweats drag on for several days or weeks, it is time to take a closer look and – if necessary – seek professional help. Here are the top reasons why talking about night sweats is so important.
SWEAT IN SLEEP: 4 POSSIBLE CAUSES
1. Unhealthy habits
Night sweats are often related to living and sleeping habits. Alcohol, spicy food, but also a bedroom that is too warm or a blanket that is too thick can trigger this. Important: Even a bedroom that is too cold can lead to night sweats.
Measures to improve sleep:
- no alcohol or spicy food before bed
- Room temperature approx. 18 ° C
- loose-fitting nightwear
- Move sufficiently during the day
2. Hormonal fluctuations
Hormonal changes also cause night sweats. Incidentally, this does not only affect pregnant women or women going through menopause. Men also go through hormonal changes mid-life that can lead to night sweats.
3. Psychological causes
It is not always direct external influences or hormonal changes that lead to night sweats. Sometimes it is also stress and worries that manifest themselves through night sweats – sometimes accompanied by nightmares. For some people, it is enough to take a countermeasure to speak to someone they know, while others can use relaxation exercises or calming bedtime rituals such as reading or a cup of tea. Sage tea is particularly recommended.
4. Serious illnesses
Night sweats can also be an accompanying symptom of numerous illnesses, such as the flu, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep), bacterial heart inflammation and cancer. It is therefore important to listen to your body and consult a doctor if you sweat for a long time (3 to 4 weeks). If night sweats are accompanied by other complaints such as pain or fever, you should even see a doctor immediately.
TAKE BURDEN SERIOUSLY
Night sweats – especially if they happen regularly – can be very stressful for those affected. Not only is sleep more restless, in extreme cases there are longer interruptions because you wake up at night and have to change bedding and take a shower. As the quality of life suffers from night sweating, one should not just accept it, but seek medical help if a change in sleeping habits does not work.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to control night sweats. However, it is important to seek medical advice in an emergency.
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