What is Night Sweat?
Medically night sweat is termed as Sleepy Hyperhidrosis. In this condition, a person starts to sweat profusely while sleeping. Night sweat may begin at an early age of adolescence. Certain medical conditions (suffering from illness) can cause Sleepy Hyperhidrosis. Sweating at night is normal but sometimes it can also lead to severe problem in case of a person who sweats excessively (hot flashes). To differentiate night sweat which occur during medical condition and those which occur because of the warm environment, the medical professionals have termed the true night sweat as Hot flashes. During hot flashes one suffers from excessive sweating which can make their clothes wet severely (from sleepwear to bed sheets).
Causes of Night Sweats:
- Menopause: Menopause in women is one of the causes for night sweat. During menopause the stability of the estrogen (hormone) is reduced. This gradually leads to sweating at night (hot flashes).
- Environmental night sweats: Environmental night sweats means when a person experience sweating in a hot temperature (indoor or outdoor).Especially, while sleeping in a bedroom where the temperature is very warm. In this situation, many people tend to sweat normally.
- Medical conditions: When you are suffering from medical condition like immune diseases, infection, cancer, low blood sugar and obesity then you can experience night sweat. Taking of some specific medications –medicines for hormonal replacement therapy and anti-depressants can also lead to night sweating. A diabetic patient can also be victimized by night sweating because of the insulin that they take for their treatment.
- Pillow fabrics not breathable: If the fabric of the pillow is not breathable then your body retains heat from your head and it causes night sweats.
- Eating Spicy food: If you are consuming spicy food and drinks alcohol then it will increase your body temperature causing night sweat.
- Neurological conditions: Neurological conditions –post traumatic syringomyelia, heart stroke and automatic neuropathy also causes night sweat.
- Idiopathic hyperhidrosis: In idiopathic hyperhidrosis the body produces sweat at night constantly.
Treatment for Night Sweat:
- Herbal Teas: Drinking herbal tea like sage tea and black cohosh are the old natural method. However they are very effective in preventing night sweat.
- Soy products: Using soy products such as-soy milk, soy powder, whole soy beans and tofu can help in controlling night sweat.
- Flaxseed oil: Flaxseed oil is usually extracted from the flax plant (for eg, lavender) and it helps in neutralizing estrogenic levels so it automatically prevents night sweat.
- Evening Primrose: Evening primrose consists of GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) which prevents night sweating. This evening primrose can be available in the form of capsules.
- Stay cool: Try to sleep in a cool temperature room and also make sure that the fabric of the bed sheet is breathable. This way you can control your night sweat.
- Prescription Antiperspirant: Prescription antiperspirant consists of 25% of aluminum which will help to control night sweat.
Surgery: Those who are suffering from severe night sweat problem can opt for a surgery. Under this treatment the doctor will surgically remove your sweat ducts (nerve which produces sweat).