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Even though night sweats in men isn’t discussed as often as the hot flashes or menopause night sweats women experience, they may be just as common and just as frustrating for the men enduring them. I’m not marginalizing the seriousness or difficulty of menopause; however we see relatively little discussion about this condition as it manifests in men. So let’s discuss the causes and effective remedies for the more masculine side of nightly perspiration.

The night sweats men experience can be caused by several of the same things that cause this condition in women, yet just as women uniquely experience menopausal hot flashes, men can experience their own hormonal causes of male night sweats.

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I should distinguish true night sweats and sleep disorders related to night sweats in men from simple environmental heat and natural fluctuations in body temperature experienced by many. Forty percent of all doctor visits involve a complaint about night sweating, yet a much smaller percentage of these visits actually involve a real clinical case of sleep hyperhidrosis or idiopathic hyperhidrosis. It will help you in your treatment to know why you may be experiencing night sweating.

Andropause

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There are a number of reasons why the night sweats men experience are difficult to pinpoint, some of them universal and some specific to men. With this article I will address those specific reasons, so for other causes that may trigger this symptom in anyone, please visit my website’s front page: Night Sweats.

The first cause we’ll discuss is andropause. Yes, andropause, sometimes referred to as male menopause, does exist. Well, at least more and more research compels people to think so. Just as women experience a reduction in their production of certain hormones during menopause, many feel that men experience a reduction in testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone during an andropause phase.

Night Sweats In Men

You will find some controversy in the medical community about the overall nature and condition of andropause and its relation to the night sweats men experience. Some simply consider it a “state” or phase, while others consider it a potential “disorder.” If you experience many of these symptoms in your middle or early manhood and you’re cleared of any other medical conditions that may cause them, you may be diagnosed with an andropause disorder. However if you experience this as an older man, it may simply be diagnosed as a state or phase.

Although, because men can continue to reproduce well into their old age, some researchers feel this is a false diagnosis or label for this disorder. Put simply, there really isn’t a cut and dry answer for what andropause means just yet.

Andropause Symptoms

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Common symptoms of andropause (whether defined as a state or disorder) are as follows:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Impaired memory
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of libido

Of course, you may not experience all these symptoms (let’s hope not, right?), but let’s focus on the hot flashes and excessive perspiration symptoms since they relate directly to the topic at hand. It is important to understand that these result from hormonal changes in your body and those hormonal changes affect your hypothalamus — your body’s thermostat. And while more drastic and permanent hormonal changes occur during andropause, it isn’t uncommon for men to experience an ebb and flow of hormones (specifically the testosterone or the estrogen hormone) throughout their life, causing occasional cold sweats or cold night sweats.
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An embarrassing for some, but real example involves a common occurrence for most healthy men. It isn’t uncommon for a man to experience random erections while asleep. This is a result of hormonal rushes in the body. These same hormonal rushes can cause night sweats in men. Often it isn’t unhealthy or unnatural, but if the sweating becomes more severe and more consistent each night, then you should discuss this with your primary care physician or check with a medical professional.

What Else Causes Night Sweats In Men?

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While this article is mostly about night sweats in men, I must also note that some serious health conditions can be indicated by night sweats or hot flashes in men, including:

  • Arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Diabetes (Type I or Type II) or Hypoglycemia (in this case sometimes referred to as Nocturnal Hypoglycemia. Learn more at: Night Sweats and Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart conditions along with high cholesterol
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Infections of any sort along with infectious diseases
  • Inflammation, in particular that resulting from endocartitis (infection of the heart valve lining) and osteomyelitis (a bone or bone marrow infection)
  • Malignancy or cancer, specifically lymphoma. Cancer can cause a sudden rise or fall of body temperatures, which often leads to sweating while sleeping. The body temperature changes cancer causes tend to be pretty distinct and severe, but always check with your doctor if you’re concerned.
  • Silent Neoplasm
  • Thyroiditis or Hyperthyroidism
  • Tuberculosis

If you experience other symptoms with the sweating or a sudden change in your pattern of sleeping that involves more severe or more frequent excessive sweating, consider consulting a physician. It may be nothing to be concerned about, but of course it is better safe than sorry and any such signs or complications should be addressed by a professional. I always encourage people to seek appropriate treatment for night sweats, but you must also treat the underlying cause or condition. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid further problems.

Keep in mind that sometimes factors outside of any medical condition or disease can cause severe night sweats in men. These could include:

  • A lifestyle with poor diet, irregular sleeping patterns or too much stress.
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Any psychological states or conditions that trigger the autonomic nervous system or cortisone, such as anxiety or fear.
  • Consuming or experiencing anything that causes flushing, including alcohol, niacin or caffeine.
  • Obesity or rapid weight gain
  • Over-the-counter medications, specifically antipyretic medications such as acetaminophen.
  • Poor diet or eating foods like spicy foods, excess heavy and fatty foods or food allergies.
  • Side-effects from prescription drugs.

This list shouldn’t be considered all inclusive. I suggest reviewing the home page and reviewing my guides to night sweats in men at different ages (see below).

Male Night Sweats at Different Ages

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While andropause symptoms may manifest in men of any age, more medical professionals lean towards andropause itself being a phenomenon unique to men between the ages of about 40 and 55. But what if you’re a younger man and you still feel like your sweating at night is unusual and excessive? In attempt to answer this question and more, I’ve started series on how and why this condition occurs in men of different ages. I will add to the following list as these individual guides are completed:

Please return later if you’re interested and your age group hasn’t been covered yet.

Treatments for Night Sweats In Men

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Male night sweats treatments are as nebulous as the causes. If you are suffering from this condition, I suggest you first isolate whether it is something persistent or just the result of diet or a bad habit (like drinking alcohol or caffeine too close to bed time or smoking). If it is something persistent, you might discuss the matter with your doctor. In lieu of a specific medical diagnosis, I encourage you to read my detailed post: Night Sweats Treatment.

Keep in mind sometimes simple and natural solutions like changing the environment in the bedroom can make a world of a difference. Wicking pajamas or lighter sleepwear, light breathable materials for your sheets a bed fan or better temperature control in your home may be all you need to combat this uncomfortable condition so you can sleep better at night (see my night sweats sleepwear article for specific suggestions). If you can prevent your male night sweats or find relief without resorting to expensive medicines or doctor’s visits — great! But don’t be afraid to seek appropriate health care, either. Always ask a doctor instead of the Internet when it doubt.

Here are a few specific products I recommend:

As you can see, it is possible some men can empathize for a woman’s battle with menopause night sweats. Male night sweats may be less discussed and less understood, but they still exist and they still serve to make for long and sleepless nights, even if night sweats in men are often the result of normal hormonal changes.

I hope this helps you better understand night sweats in men. I encourage you return to my site often as I roll out more and more detailed information to round out your understanding of night sweats in general as well as night sweating in men.




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While the night sweats alcohol causes are very distinct, night sweats in general are defined as an episode of extreme sweating while sleeping that is not due to a high temperature in the room. The sweating can be so severe that it completely drenches nightwear and bedding. It is a distressing and unfortunately quite common problem. In fact alcohol is not an uncommon cause of night sweats in men.

The good news is the night seats alcohol causes are very treatable; the more difficult news for some is that decreasing alcohol consumption or overcoming alcoholism is the best way to treat these episodes.

What Causes Alcohol Night Sweats

One of the more common night sweats causes is due to alcohol dependence, abuse or withdrawal. While some people are more sensitive than others there is definitely a link between night sweats, or sleep hyperhidrosis, and alcohol consumption.

Some suggest it is simply your body attempting to eliminate the toxins through your pores while others belief the alcohol may be causing your hypothalamus — your brain’s thermostat for your body — to feel a little drunk in its own right.

A chain reaction of events is triggered within the body after alcohol consumption. Initially the alcohol decreases the response of the central nervous system and scrambles information from sensory organs causing slurred speech, blurred vision, stumbling and sometimes an increase in body temperature.

It then causes the kidneys to send water to the bladder instead of into the bloodstream causing dehydration and an increase in blood pressure. The liver metabolizes about 90% of the alcohol while the rest is eliminated by breath and sweat. Drinking faster than the liver can process it can cause a toxic overload and increased sweating.

To process the alcohol the liver releases glucose, which temporarily raises blood sugar. The pancreas responds to this by secreting insulin to remove sugar from the blood. This can cause a blood sugar drop, which can result in dizziness, drowsiness and sweating.

Even though drinking alcohol may make you tired the sleep you get after drinking is often poor because of the dehydration and sweating it can cause.

Treating the Night Sweats Alcohol Causes

In some cases the night sweats alcohol causes may be a minor occurrence. You have a couple glasses of beer or wine and go to sleep before you can work it out of your system. But in other cases where this occurs there is more to the story. Alcoholism is serious and often underestimated.

If you suspect that your regular night sweats are related to your alcohol intake, the first step is acknowledging this to yourself — and this is a big step. It is likely that your intake or dependence on this substance has reached a dangerous stage if you are suffering this type of symptom. Make an appointment to see your physician and be honest about how much you are drinking and how often. He will be able to help you rule out any other contributing factors to establish if you are experiencing the kind of night sweats alcohol causes. If it does seem that this is the case, he can advise you on how to get the right kind of help for your problem.

You might also address anxiety in your life. Sometimes the night sweats stress causes can eventually lead to this condition.

It is important to know that even if you get help to overcome your alcohol problems, your night sweats may well continue for a little while. This is because alcohol withdrawal can also cause this type of sweating, if you were highly dependent. Your body needs to let itself adjust to the absence of the substance in its system.

If you have got to this stage in your recovery, good for you! Reassure yourself that you have come a long way towards a healthier lifestyle and that you are making positive changes for the long term. Bear with the alcohol related night sweats, secure in the knowledge that you are doing something about them, and that in time they will cease.




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While several volumes of books could be written on different night sweats treatment theories and ideas, in this article I will quickly summarize several options for practical and accessible night sweats treatment options for you to implement. I don’t know if real night sweat cures exist for all circumstances, but I encourage you to consider at least one or two of the remedies I describe here.

I will eventually expand on each treatment for sleep hyperhidrosis with its own page, but for now you can use the following index links to jump down to the section that most interests you. I hope this helps!

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Common Sense Solutions

First I’d like to address some basics to make sure you can achieve your night sweats relief with a common sense foundation. These night sweat cures may not seem exciting or evoke great epiphanies, but I believe they’re necessary steps in the treatment of night sweats.

Set the Proper Temperature for Sleeping

As I describe in my sweating while sleeping article, humans prefer a cooler temperature when they sleep than when they’re awake. While the exact right temperature for restful sleep is still up for debate, some studies indicate that the ideal temperature may be around 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important that you recognize the difference between the temperature indicated by your thermostat and the ambient temperature in and around your bedroom, bed and body.

If you discover that ambient temperature is well above the 66 to 68 degree area, you need to somehow get that temperature under control before you can realistically focus on other night sweats causes. Crack a window, place standing fan or install a ceiling fan… but do something.

Be Careful What You Eat and Drink Before Bed

The usual suspects are the culprit in this case: foods and beverages containing caffeine (including chocolate), alcohol, dense and fatty foods and spicy foods can all contribute to those uncomfortable night sweats symptoms. Eating too much too late can also cause this problem.

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Additionally, I think people underestimate how close to bed they should avoid these foods and beverages. An hour isn’t enough time: I encourage you to avoid these foods at least 2 to 3 hours before bed and ideally you shouldn’t consume either caffeine or alcohol in the evening at all (at least while you’re trying to determine the cause of your sweating at night).

You will find some foods and beverages that help prevent sweating during the night. But I’ll leave that for the section below.

Don’t Exercise Too Late

Getting regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress, sometimes even those night sweats stress causes, and it can help you sleep better at night, but vigorous exercise too late can trigger sweating at night. Vigorous physical activity gets your heart pumping, increases circulation and raises your body temperature causing you to sweat. Exercising within a couple of hours before going to bed may keep your body temperature elevated and trigger sweating during the night. Try to exercise in the morning or earlier in the day.

Natural Treatment for Night Sweats

Chamomile tea may soothe and calm you while peppermint tea can both cool you and your heat-generating digestive tract. If you’re concerned with drinking a hot beverage near bed time, you can brew a strong tea earlier in the day then refrigerate it to make an iced tea.
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If you don’t mind the scent of peppermint, a quality peppermint essential oil can help in a variety of ways. Some people put a dab on the back of their neck. Some put it on the soles of their feet. You can even put a couple drops in some water and ice for sipping as you prepare for bed. Unfortunately peppermint also has an awakening effect, so be careful with how much you use. If you think this sounds silly, just wait until you try it for yourself.

A really popular natural treatment for hot flashes and night sweats is black cohosh. And that will make for a nice segue into my night sweats remedies section.

Night Sweats Remedies

Black Cohosh

Straddling the natural treatments and the night sweats remedies sections is black cohosh. Black cohosh, or scientifically, Actaea racemosa, is an herbal remedy created from the roots and rhizomes of this herbaceous perennial plant. This is considered an alternative therapy as the science supporting its use is inconsistent and controversial, but this remains one of the most commonly used of the natural remedies for night sweats in women.

It is primarily used for women either going through menopause or experiencing premenstrual tension. Its origin as a therapy derives from its use by Native Americans for alleged anti-inflammatory, sedative and pain-relieving properties.

I will write a whole page on the black cohosh phenomenon because it has become so popular. I am not personally recommending it, although I know a few people who swear by it.

Simple, Natural Night Sweat Relief

One simple night sweat cure — or cure for excessive perspiration of any sort is to place a cool glass, a cool, damp wash cloth or run cool water over your wrists. This is a really neat and genuinely useful trick that will quickly provide your body an overall cooling sensation. I kept a small bowl near my bed with a clean wash cloth and a bunch of ice cubes. When I felt hot, I reached for the wash cloth and held it against my wrists.

Because your veins gather at the junction of your wrists, you cool your blood as it passes through this point and then the blood cools the rest of your body. It is a simple, safe and effective way to cool yourself anytime.

Another simple, natural way to find some relief in the night is to use lighter, more breathable fabric for your pajamas and your bed sheets. Further down, I discuss some other products and devices along this line that can provide natural relief without resorting to drugs.

Night Sweats in Men Treatment

One problem men have with night sweating is that so many night sweats therapies are targeted at women and menopausal hot flashes. But as I discuss in my night sweats in men article, men are almost as likely to experience hormone-based changes that lead to night sweats as women. And men are just as likely to experience some of the serious illnesses that can lead to sleep hyperhidrosis, such as HIV symptoms, symptoms of lymphoma, hyperthyroidism, the night sweats cancer may cause and more.

For men, I encourage you to not shy away from remedies often directed at women that can be just as practical for men. Don’t feel too manly about sipping chamomile iced tea before you go to bed and don’t be stubborn about trying some moisture wicking pajamas.

Menopause Night Sweats Treatment

On the alternative therapy side you have supplements and herbs, such as black cohosh and Estroven, and on the medical site you have HRT (hormone replacement therapy). I suggest you try the many natural and safe therapies I’ve included on this page before you attempt to treat your menopause night sweats with medications.

The problem with drugs is that they often evoke side-effects which may ultimately exacerbate your night sweats or hot flashes, or cause other problems. For example, the night sweats Zoloft can cause are not unlike the night sweats alcohol provokes. I don’t mean to sound too anti-drug — my doctor friends wouldn’t approve — but I do suggest taking a safe, natural and simple approach to treating your night sweats before you bring out the big guns. For more on this specific matter, read Menopause Night Sweats Treatment.

Treat Night Sweats With A Chillow, Bed Fan, Chili Pad and Wicking Pajamas

I will write pages on each of these devices in the near future, but I wanted to at least introduce you to these four clever products that may be worth your money if you’re serious about your night sweats treatment. Unlike some unconfirmed herbal remedies out there, these are practical common sense solutions to over heating in the night. If you can manage, I encourage you to use the four together for maximum relief:

The Chillow

I’m sure you’re familiar with the way your pillow warms up from the heat of your face. I’ve always loved flipping the pillow to the cool side. Well, the Chillow basically allows the surface side to stay cool all the time. It absorbs the heat from your face and shoulders and helps them stay cool.

Bed Fans

Most bed fans operate by connecting to the foot of your mattress where they blow a light breeze beneath your sheets and along your body. This breeze lifts away the heat emanating from your body to help keep you cool throughout the night.

Wicking Pajamas

Wicking pajamas, particularly Cool Jams brand of wicking pajamas, use a carefully designed material and texture to literally wick away moisture from your body while you sleep. This helps by both keeping you cooler and keeping you drier. While most moisture wicking pajamas you’ll find will be for women, Cool Jams also makes men’s pajamas, t-shirts and boxers. Don’t be shy about trying them, boys: they’re very effective! Update: Check out my new guide to wicking sleepwear: Night Sweats Sleepwear.

Cooling Mattress Pads

A cooling mattress pad is another option to help you find relief from night sweats. There are a few different types of mattress pads available, from gel pads to temperature control systems, but the base idea of them is to keep your body temperature down while you are sleeping by keeping the mattress underneath of you cooler. Read more in my article: Cooling Mattress Pad

For more on the specialized bed cooling systems (including the expensive but effective Chili Pad Temperature Control System), see my article on night sweats bedding.

I really hope something in this article help you to find a more healthy and restful night’s sleep with effective night sweats treatment. Some of these topics have endless depths to explore so I’ll expand on them with additional pages on Night Sweats.




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Sleep anxiety is a possible outcome for anyone who suffers from any type of anxiety disorder or depression. It goes beyond having a night or two of restlessness or lack of sleep. Sleep anxiety means regularly being so restless that you can’t sleep at all or waking up in the middle of the night in a full sweat feeling a sense of panic.

Millions of people have persistent sleep problems that may lead to full-blown sleep disorders. There are over 70 different known sleep disorders, that are categorized in three ways, two of which are complete lack of sleep and disturbed sleep. In some cases these sleep disorders can lead to night sweats in men and women.

What Is Sleep Anxiety?

A sleep anxiety disorder is usually brought on by an existing anxiety disorder. This includes generalized anxiety where the person is always in a state of worry or nervousness. Other anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and social anxiety.

The main characteristic of a sleep anxiety disorder is a person’s lack of ability to get into a normal sleep pattern. Without a normal sleep pattern, mental, physical, and emotional health can be affected. Anyone who can’t easily fall asleep, who wakes up often, and then wakes up too early are often diagnosed with insomnia.

Risks of Continued Sleep Anxiety

Living with chronic sleep anxiety can do much more than just make the sufferer constantly tired. There are many risks to overall health like heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and even obesity. Anxiety can also lead to gastrointestinal issues.

The emotional factor of sleeplessness is just as serious. The more the person can’t sleep, the more obsessive thought patterns may become, worries continue or worsen, stress levels increase, and the inability to sleep gets even worse.

How to Treat Sleep Anxiety Naturally

A problem with sleep anxiety and anxiety disorders is that there is no good way to know if the anxiety is causing the sleeping issues or if the sleeplessness is causing the anxiety. Most methods of treating the sleep anxiety should also work on the connected anxiety disorder.

For someone with sleep anxiety, there are natural treatments and behavior modification techniques that can help, such as:

  • Meditation – During meditation it is important for you to focus on your breathing and slowly inhale and exhale. Visualization is important, such as picturing a specific place that you have always loved or felt safe, or even imagining yourself alone in a beautiful forest or on a deserted beach. You need not adhere to any time constraint. Meditate as long as it takes for you to feel calm.
  • Exercise – I’m sure you’re familiar with the many benefits of good exercise. It is a panacea for both physical and mental health. The hormones that are released during exercise, called endorphins, can lighten mood and help you sleep as long as you don’t exercise within a few hours of going to bed.
  • Music – Listening to calming music can help relax you and reduce your blood pressure.
  • Sleep – While anxiety can reduce your ability to get a good night’s sleep, not getting enough sleep can also increase anxiety levels, so it is important to focus on getting enough sleep. If you need help try some of these Tips for Improving Sleep.
  • Redirect Your Anxiety – Helping others is often a good way to take your mind off of your own fears and anxiety. Try volunteering or helping friends, family or neighbors.
  • Natural Remedies – Natural remedies can be helpful for some people. Rhodiola rosea has been studied for its ability to help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, but because this remedy can increase energy levels it is important to take it in the morning. Natural remedies like chamomile, Valerian or melatonin that are calming or that help with sleep may also provide some benefit.

It is very important for someone with any type of anxiety or sleep disorder to see his or her doctor. You should never solely rely on the internet to diagnose and treat yourself. These things can be successfully treated with medication, relaxation therapies, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Although sweating while sleeping is largely the same as experiencing night sweats, I receive quite a few inquiries regarding this specific phenomenon so I will address it separately. If you find yourself sweating while sleeping often, try some of the treatment options listed in this article. If you continue to suffer from the sweating while asleep (or cold sweats while sleeping), it is important to identify the potential causes. I always urge people to consult their doctor if they have concerns about their health or if they don’t know what is causing the sweating at night.

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Excessive Sweating While Sleeping

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Excessive sweating while sleeping is known clinically as sleep hyperhidrosis. The most common sweating while sleeping causes are often harmless, so don’t panic. Panic attacks while sleeping won’t help you curb your rising body temperature as you try to get a good night’s sleep.

Sweating at night often occurs because of hormonal reasons, such as sweating while sleeping after pregnancy, genetic reasons or simple environmental reasons. If your dad tends to sweat at night, even in good health, and you do too, you may simply have to learn to handle it as best as you can. Fortunately both genetic and environmental causes of sweating while sleeping can be treated much the same way. Whether the origin of your night sweats are serious or not, you should address this disruption of your sleep cycle; waking with damp sheets can affect your overall health and well being if you can’t get a good night’s rest.

Environmental Treatments

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First I want to encourage you to step back and really think about your sleep environment. There are four specific areas to address:

Set the Optimum Sleep Temperature to Stop Night Sweats

People prefer cooler temperatures when they’re sleeping. The ideal temperature for sleeping may vary depending on the individual, but generally the temperature in your bedroom should be between 66 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (which may cooler than you expected). Get a cheap room temperature gauge at your local department store or discount super store and determine the average temperature of your bedroom at night. If it is more than a couple degrees above the recommended sleep temperature, consider lowering the thermostat during the winter months and increasing the air conditioner during the summer months. See if you can integrate either a ceiling fan or a table fan into your room, but be careful not to let it push high velocity air right at you.
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Room Air Circulation

Even beyond the air temperature, humans by default don’t usually like being in a room with dead air. By dead air I mean air which is entirely still. While it is also unhealthy to have too much of a breeze on you while you sleep, you might check the air movement. A lack of air movement may be associated with anxiety and overheating at night. Sometimes all you need to do is create a path for air to move. For example, open your bedroom door and your closet door. This might be just enough to encourage some kind of air flow through the air. Of course, a fan or an open window can provide common sense night sweats treatment and can help immensely.

Bedsheets for Night Sweating, Material and Weight

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You’d be surprised how often I learn that people who are suffering from excessive sweating while sleeping use thick, heavy fabrics while they sleep. And because stylish blankets with shiny patterns are popular, people often cover themselves with blankets that don’t easily breathe (like polyester). So check the tags on those blankets and bed sheets. Ideally, you want light materials made from cotton or linen. Linen is ideal, but it can be expensive. A quality 100 percent cotton sheet will do fine as well. Note that this means it should be either 100 percent cotton or 100 percent linen… or a combination of just those two fabrics. If it has any polyester or satin in it, you want to remove it from your bedroom, unless it is a blend that was designed to wick moisture away from your body. Instead of relying on heavy sheets or blankets, rely on lighter materials and use layers.

Clothes or Pajamas for Night Sweating, Material and Weight

The same variables I described in regards to bed sheets and blankets go for sleep clothes or pajamas too. You want those pajamas to be made from light, breathable material. Again, linen is ideal, but cotton is great too. You can also find some great wicking pajamas these days. Those pajamas, which grew in popularity for their use by menopausal women, help to wick away moisture and heat. But they can be effective even if you don’t suffer from menopause night sweats. Update: See my new night sweats sleepwear article for specific suggestions on wicking pajamas.

Natural Remedies

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Here are some simple, natural remedies for treating your night sweating. Please note that these are meant for people who are experiencing genetic or environmental night sweats. If you’re confident you’re experiencing unusually severe sweating while sleeping, I urge you to consult with your physician.

  • Let’s start simple. Keep a cool glass of water near your bed while you sleep. Should you awaken, take a sip of the cool water.
  • Keep a couple of ice cubes in that glass to make sure it is useful for this next tip: if you feel your temperature rising, place your wrists against the cool glass and hold them there for several seconds. As your blood flows through this junction, it will cool and then cool the rest of your body as it flows on. (This is a great trick to use anywhere and anytime, by the way.)
  • Use specially designed bed devices to help you cool yourself. I suggest the chillow and if you really want to get elaborate, try the bedfan. These two devices provide an entirely natural and comfortable way to reduce your sleeping temperature in a safe and effective way. I usually only suggest them for more severe situations, but many people enjoy their benefits, even people who don’t specifically suffer from night sweats.
  • This won’t help if you’re suffering from night sweats in men, but if you’re suffering from menopause, you might try taking black cohosh. This natural herbal remedy has helped many (though not all) women suffering from menopause hot flashes sweating.
  • Try a small amount of tryptophan-heavy foods an hour before bed (peanut butter is tasty, easy and high in tryptophan).
  • Try some relaxing herbal remedies, such as chamomile and valerian. You might also try melatonin, which helps your body reset its sleep cycle through a naturally-occurring hormone.

Medical Causes for Night Sweating

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Try environmental changes and natural remedies before you consider more serious conditions. I say this because most cases of night sweats or cold sweats while sleeping aren’t serious, but when they are serious, they can be very serious. Here are some of the causes of sweating while sleeping with medical origins:

  • Medication side-effects: Study enough labels and you’ll find that night sweating is one of the most common side-effects of potent prescription drugs. If you’re really experiencing a drenching night sweats, discuss your medications with your physician.
  • Infections: Even minor infections and fevers can cause sweating while sleeping. However, you should also be on the lookout for more serious infections which may cause profuse night seats. These include tuberculosis, endocarditis (heart valve swelling), osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and an AIDS infection from the HIV virus.
  • Abscesses: You might think this should fit under infections, but a long list of seemingly simple abscesses can cause severe night sweating. This includes boils and even dental infections (yes, tooth decay can cause night sweats). Note that some of these, like appendicitis, can be very, very serious.
  • Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Individuals suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia who are taking insulin or other medications to moderate their blood sugar may suffer from sweating while sleeping. Read more in my article on this: Night Sweats and Diabetes
  • Hormonal Changes: As I mentioned earlier, women experiencing menopause or low estrogen symptoms often experience hot flashes at night. But that’s not the only time our body’s may experience radical shifts in body temperature. Men may experience a kind of andropause and it isn’t unusual for individuals to experience night sweats during adolescence or during pregnancy as well.

There are, of course, many other causes of excessive sweating while sleeping, but I think this is essay is getting long enough already. In another article I cover, more generally, the causes of excessive sweating. In this article I have covered most of the common causes and provided you with some common sense solutions. I sincerely hope my suggestions help you curb your sweat glands and get through the night cool and dry.




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Welcome to Help For Night Sweats, a site dedicated to helping both women and men understand and combat night sweats. Women going through menopause aren’t the only ones who suffer from this uncomfortable condition. There are other causes, and night sweats in men is more common than many people realize.

My aim is to provide the most complete yet accessible resource on the web for identifying, understanding and treating night sweats. The big medical sites often cover this topic in either a sparse or inaccessible manner. I hope that won’t be the case with my site. I battled this for years, and after several medical doctor and therapist visits, I finally achieved my own effective treatment. Now I’ll do my best to help you get through the night more comfortably.

Before you develop your own treatment for night sweats, please understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis and never let the Internet replace a personal visit with a qualified medical professional.

Table of Contents:



What Is Sleep Hyperhidrosis?

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Night sweats occur when you experience soaking, severe sweating while asleep. True night sweating will usually soak your pajamas or sleepwear as well as your sheets and bedding and occurs regardless of the temperature in your bedroom. Although unpleasant, sweating at night is not uncommon and usually it is not a sign of a serious health problem.

Sweating at night can be frustrating

Sweating is simply our body’s primary means of thermoregulation. Perspiration is a natural mechanism of our autonomic nervous system and, in many cases, even excessive perspiration derives from a perfectly natural trigger. You will discover a remarkable number of causes of this condition. Unfortunately, our hypothalamus — our brain’s internal thermostat — is quite susceptible to influence.

The clinical name for excessive sweating at night is sleep hyperhidrosis or nocturnal hyperhidrosis, but you simply know it as night sweats. While much of the emphasis is on menopausal night sweats or nighttime hot flashes, male night sweats or andropause night sweats are not uncommon and can be just as frustrating.

I discovered several things to help me, both in terms of diet and supplements as well as cool products to wear or to use, while I fought my sweating while sleeping. With this site, I want to share with you what really worked for me and hopefully save you some of the time and money I wasted.

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What Causes Night Sweats?

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Everyone is different, but I will try to elucidate the most common and most serious conditions that cause this type of sweating, including those beyond my own personal experience. What causes night sweats for one person may be very different for another person and sometimes the signs of serious illness manifest themselves differently in different people.

Keep in mind sometimes the cause is relatively simple. It can be related to diurnal variation, which is a natural change in body temperature during the day — a lower body temperature is common in the morning and in the evening a higher body temperature is common. This normal change can cause sweating, especially when combined with a warm room or using too many covers while sleeping.

Among the causes you should note and consider are the following:

  • Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis, known as Nocturnal Hyperhidrosis when it occurs while sleeping.
  • Diet and personal habits
  • Certain foods and food allergies
  • High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Heart Conditions
  • Caffeine, Alcohol (especially Alcohol Withdrawal), Drugs and Smoking (Nicotine)
  • Menopause and Andropause
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type I or Type II), Diabetes Insipidus and Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)
  • Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke
  • Infectious Diseases, including HIV and AIDS
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Psychological and Neurological Conditions (sometimes cause cold sweats)
  • Neurologic conditions may cause severe night sweats, particularly Autonomic neuropathy, autonomic dysreflexia, and post-traumatic syringomyelia.
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Heartburn or Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Any Inflammation, but especially Endocarditis (inflammation of the inner heart valves)
  • Over-the-counter medicines, especially antipyretic medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin.
  • Prescription medications including antibiotics, mental health medications like Seroquel and other antidepressant medications, and corticosteroids.
  • Uncommon but serious conditions, such as Cancer, especially Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s Disease or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma). In fact, one of the most common symptoms of lymphoma is severe night sweating.

For an expansion on the most common causes, see my guide: What Causes Night Sweats guide.

Night Sweats In Men

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Women aren’t the only ones who experience hot flashes and sweating at night, so this site will also provide help for the sometimes mysterious night sweats men experience. Believe it or not, many doctors believe night sweats in men occur during a kind of andropause phase somewhat similar to the more publicized menopause experienced by women.

However, night sweating in men may occur in males of any age. Weight-lifting, weight loss, weight gain, stress, lifestyle habits and overall diet collectively create a wide range of circumstances for men to develop persistent sweating at night.

It is important to work with your doctor to disqualify any of the common causes before searching for a more serious medical cause. I’ve expanded on this topic with a full, dedicated article: Night Sweats in Men

Night Sweats In Women

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The most obvious example of night sweats in women are the severe hot flashes suffered by women entering menopause or perimenopause. I know menopause nighttime hot flashes can be among the most futile conditions to combat. For more information and support on the menopausal transition, visit the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

The entire perimenopause phase may involve persevering hot flashes and perimenopause night sweats. However, one interesting note is that recent research indicated that women who experience more severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause are less likely to develop cancer later. So perhaps those beads of sweat on your brow late in the night are a blessing in disguise.

However night sweating in younger women may occur as a result of low estrogen symptoms. It also isn’t uncommon for adolescent girls to experience excessive sweating while their bodies go through dramatic hormonal changes. Rapid weight loss or weight gain may also cause dramatic hormonal fluctuations, which in turn may lead to sweating at night in women or girls of any age.

Pregnancy, of course, is another cause unique to women. Pregnancy puts stress on the entire female anatomy and it causes great fluctuations in hormone balance. Both pregnancy and the postnatal phase may create hormonal conditions ripe for hot flashes and severe sweating at night. Some research indicates that postpartum depression and postnatal hot flashes often occur together.

I expand on this condition in women further in these articles: Night Sweats in Women and Menopause Night Sweats.

Night Sweats in Children

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I know it isn’t easy, but the first thing you should do if you suspect your child is suffering from night sweating is not panic. As I alluded to earlier, a huge percentage of the population worries about severe sweating at night but a much smaller percentage is actually suffering from a serious condition or disease.

In most cases, night sweats in children occur when children go to bed after too much activity, they’re wearing pajamas too warm for the temperature in their room, or their blankets and sheets are too heavy and hot. In particular, it isn’t uncommon for kids wearing pajamas with feet (sometimes called footies) to experience a little bit of extra perspiration in their sleep. Most childhood night sweating is related to something innocent.

However, there can be legitimate serious concerns as well. If your child continues to experience excessive perspiration after he or she falls asleep or has cold sweats while sleeping despite a change of pajamas, room temperature and bedding, you should consult your pediatrician. While some of the conditions I noted in the section about night sweats causes may apply to children, there are a few that are more common in children.

The most common night sweats children suffer from occur as a result of a fever from an infection, with common culprits being bronchitis, strep (Streptococcal pharyngitis), a sinus infection or pneumonia. But there are a lot of other possible causes.

Learn more on this sensitive issue in my Night Sweats in Children guide. Regardless, you should always consult your primary care physician or pediatrician if you have any concerns. While it is my aim to help you, you should never diagnose your child based on information on the Internet. Always seek direct help from a medical professional.

Treatment Options

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While you will find a wide range of treatments these days, not all of them will work for everyone. The best place to start is with simple, safe and common sense solutions. For example, people typically prefer a cooler temperature for sleeping than they find comfortable while awake. If possible, try sleeping in slightly cooler temperature before you rush to conclusions about any underlying conditions. Increasing circulation in your bedroom with a fan or an open window may also help.

Along the same line of reasoning, try using lighter and more breathable materials for your sleepwear or pajamas and your sheets or blankets. I suggest a 100 percent cotton or linen for the material. You might even try a wicking pajama (Cool-Jams makes some great ones).

To supplement these common sense approaches, you might implement a bedfan or use a cooling pillow called a chillow. These safe, natural products have helped me a great deal. Running cool water over your wrists or keeping a cool cloth near the bed can also provide some relief and help cool you during the night.

If you would like to try supplements, or natural remedies for night sweats, women often use black cohosh or red clover for hot flashes. A niacin-free vitamin B complex (niacin can cause flushing, which in turn can trigger night sweat) or a magnesium supplement may also help. However, if your hot flashes or night sweats persist and your doctor has ruled out any underlying condition or disease, you might have to bring out the more aggressive remedies or therapies. Keep in mind these more aggressive therapies are often used to treat people suffering from idiopathic hyperhidrosis, a condition that results in excessive sweating for no apparent reason, even during the daytime.

These include using a strong antiperspirant, aluminum chloride hexahydrate. It requires a prescription and can be found under the brand name Drysol. It is basically a prescription-strength version of your common grocery store or drug store antiperspirant. It is very effective for underarm sweat (axillary hyperhidrosis) but it can cause dryness and irritation. Some researchers are also concerned about the long-term effects of bring too much aluminum into the bloodstream.

Iontophoresis is another method used to treat excessive sweating. It pushes a very light electrical charge across your skin to temporarily minimize your sweat ducts. This usually must be administered by a medical professional, although some home devices are available through a medical prescription.

Sometimes it isn’t about what you do, but what you don’t do. The kind of night sweats stress causes requires reducing anxiety while the kind of night sweats alcohol causes requires reducing alcoholic beverages in your diet.

For additional help and a more comprehensive discussion of treatments, please read my full article on the subject: Night Sweats Treatment

Whether you suffer from common menopause night sweats or male night sweats, I hope to provide some helpful, inexpensive techniques for you to try right away.

The night sweats men experience can be quite a bit different from the hot flashes and nights sweats experienced by women, so I’m sure this site will develop divergent areas.

Thank you for visiting Help For Night Sweats. I wish you a healthy and comfortable night’s sleep.

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There are a number of possible causes of night sweats, one of them being gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as GERD. For some people treating the symptoms of GERD will help alleviate night sweats.

How Does GERD Cause Night Sweats?

It’s not uncommon for someone suffering from GERD to experience night sweats. Sometimes a person can experience a less obvious mild acid reflux that will still burn the esophagus and in turn cause the body to try to cool itself through sweating. Acid reflux is often worse at night because when the body is lying flat it is easier for the stomach acids to back up in to the esophagus.

GERD Symptoms

There are several symptoms contributing to gastroesophageal reflux disease, the most common of which is heartburn. Occasional heartburn is usually overlooked or associated with dietary intake, but when this becomes persistent or coupled with other signs, it is time to seek medical attention.

Other warning signs associated with GERD can include bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth. This back flow of stomach acid or regurgitation causes the acids to move into the esophagus creating the bitter taste. This is often accompanied by heartburn, that sometimes spreads into the throat.

Chest discomfort or pain that is dull in nature and spans across the chest is another symptom one may experience. This too can occur with heartburn and is sometimes misinterpreted as angina. Keep in mind, chest pain can be a serious symptom of a heart attack or other condition so it should be taken seriously and addressed right away.

Night sweats is another possible red flag for GERD, although sweating at night is often attributed to other conditions when individuals attempt to self-diagnose.

Frequent sore throat, hoarseness, and extra saliva in the mouth can be also be symptoms of GERD. Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing is more common with advanced stages of the disease. Individuals with a pulmonary condition such as lung disease may suffer from asthma at rest or recurring aspiration pneumonia.

Treatment For GERD

The most common initial treatment for GERD includes over-the-counter medicines that control stomach acids. These medications paired with a few dietary tips can usually help keep the acid reflux under control.

These lifestyle changes can help:

  • Eat smaller meals and don’t overeat.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can increase pressure on your abdomen, which in turn can lead to heartburn. Obesity can lead to GERD and night sweats.
  • Watch for trigger foods. Everyone has different triggers, but common ones include tomato based foods, fried or fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, garlic, chocolate and even mint. Be especially careful not to eat trigger foods at night.
  • Avoid tight clothing. Tight clothing can put pressure on your stomach and improve the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Don’t lie down or bend over after eating. This can also make it easier for stomach acids to back up into the esophagus.

One particular treatment that can help curb night sweats is elevating your head while you are sleeping. You don’t need an adjustable bed to do this; you can find wedge pillows at Amazon and many other places to help elevate your head and reduce the risk of acid reflux while you sleep. For many people this alone helps reduce night sweats caused by heartburn.

When symptoms are serious enough to warrant a visit to the physician, laboratory tests may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Prolonged untreated GERD can lead to Barrett’s Esophagus and/or carcinoma of the esophagus. This is in the more severe cases, but it is important to get a physician’s advice if you are experiencing one more of the symptoms listed above. With proper treatment, you can effectively get GERD under control before it becomes a bigger problem.

While occasional heartburn can be attributed to many things, recurring signs of burning in your chest may be an indication of something more severe. It’s important to understand GERD symptoms as well as what they mean so you know when to seek the proper treatment to get your condition under control, and hopefully get your night sweats under control too.

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