Are you worried about your Night Sweats?
Common causes for experiencing night sweats in women include hormone fluctuations at the onset of the menopause, causing hot flushes, or medications that affect your hormones, such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Other medications that can induce night sweats are antidepressants, steroids, and even certain painkillers. Hypoglycaemia, a low blood sugar level could also explain the sudden appearance of night sweats, as can abuse of alcohol or drugs. A rare possibility would be a condition called hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating but, in this case, you would experience excessive sweating during the day as well.
If your sweating is confined to night-time, it is important to make sure that you are controlling the temperature in the room that you are sleeping in, ensuring that it is low. It is also beneficial to swap your duvet for a lighter tog and wear cotton pyjamas that will help your skin to breath when you sweat.
You should see a doctor regarding your symptoms if you are experiencing night sweats regularly that cause disruption to your natural sleep patterns that have affected your ability to stay awake during the day or concentrate on tasks you need to perform. If you have experienced a high fever, diarrhoea, cough, or have noticed that you have experience an unexplained weight loss, without making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. If you have any of these symptoms or have been experiencing night sweats for a prolonged period and you have tried to alleviate the symptoms at home without success, then it is recommended that you contact a doctor to have your symptoms investigated.
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