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Do you find yourself sweating excessively at night? If so, you’re not alone in this. Excessive sweating at night is actually a common complaint for women of all age groups. Although night sweats or hot flashes are more likely to occur during menopause, there are other causes of night sweats that can be experienced at any age.
Most people experience variations in the body temperature, especially when they sleep at night. This can lead to sweating. Night sweating is excessive perspiration that happens while you’re sleeping. In fact, severe night sweats can even drench sleepwear and sheets. It can reduce the quality of sleep and can make it difficult for you to sleep.
HealthShots spoke to Dr Veena Aurangabadwala, Gynaecologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Chembur, to understand the causes of this condition.
Did you know that stress can induce nighttime sweating? Yes, that’s right! If you are stressed, the brain and body will be overactive and that can lead to sweating at night.
This can lead to nighttime sweating. Alcohol will relax the airways, and you will not be able to breathe properly. Are you aware that alcohol is a stimulant that increases heart rate. Moreover, this increases body temperature and you will sweat. Try to cut down on alcohol.
There are various medications that can lead to constant nighttime sweating. Antidepressants, anti-retrovirals, hormone therapy drugs, and even hypertension drugs that you take will make you sweat and steal your sleep at night.
You will be shocked to know that autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, lymphoma, prostate cancer, depression, heart disease, obesity, tuberculosis, or even obstructive sleep apnea can lead to nighttime sweating. You will profusely sweat and have to consult the doctor.
If you are nearing menopause, you may sweat at night. It is the best idea to speak to the doctor and then only take medication. Do not take any medication on your own as doing so can lead to serious complications.
So what can you do to get rid of night sweats and to get a good night’s sleep?
* Wear breathable and lightweight clothes at night to keep your body’s temperature cool.
* Keep cool water nearby so if night sweats hit you can cool down your body by drinking it.
* Keep your room temperature cool so that you can sleep nicely. This will also reduce the chances of night sweats
* Always choose cotton bed sheets to avoid night sweats because certain fabrics can trigger them.
* If night sweats hit you, practice breathing slowly and deeply to calm down yourself.
A good night’s sleep is important, so you can not afford anything to disrupt your sleep. By keeping these tips in mind you can avoid night sweats. But if you’re still experiencing night sweats, it is always good to talk to your doctor to rule out serious problems.