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Night sweats

Usually it is not difficult To find the reason why we sweat more than normal one night or another and thus even wake up, often towards morning. For many, these are hot summer nights under a blanket that is too warm or in winter the radiators in the bedroom are set to their maximum. Others celebrated and drank a glass too much, plus the hot chilli at the Mexican. And quite a few cause grief, anger and fears to stir at night. Incidentally, rooms that are too cold also excessively stimulate sweat production. Everyday and sleeping habits therefore play an important role when sweat attacks rob us of sleep.

At Night sweats in the medical sense To suffer means to sweat regularly in your sleep for long periods of time, sometimes so badly that your pajamas and often the sheets are soaked through. Some people affected wake up, have to change, sometimes even take a shower, even though the bedroom temperature is right, the blanket is not too warm and they have not had a nightmare. Due to the sleep disorder, you feel sleepy and exhausted in the morning, but otherwise do not sweat excessively. Nocturnal sweating attacks differ from other disturbances in sweat production. This includes sweating all over the body or individual parts of the body, such as the hands, which occur in certain situations or just like that and are not tied to a time of day. Doctors then speak of hyperhidrosis. Night sweats are called nocturnal hyperhidrosis designated.

Sweating at night: when to see a doctor?

Often the triggers of night sweats are harmless without further symptoms and can be treated well with changed sleeping habits and stress reduction. Discuss this with your doctor.

Frequent and violent night sweats are always a reason to To see a doctor, especially if there are other complaints such as pain, fever, weight loss. Are multiple hormonal fluctuations responsible. Some women often sweat at night during pregnancy and have an aggravated menopause. A row of Medication is also one of the possible causes.

Night sweats are typical for some Infectious diseases. It could be a viral flu or an inflammation of the lining of the heart. In addition to other characteristic symptoms, tuberculosis is very often associated with night sweats. Sometimes neurological disorders or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea are an option. Sweats during sleep are also among the first warning signs for certain tumors and Cancers.

After an in-depth discussion, the doctor will initiate the necessary examination steps depending on the suspicion. If necessary, he calls in a specialist. That can be a Specialist for internal medicine (internist) or for hormonal and metabolic diseases (endocrinologist). Specialists in nerve diseases (neurologists) or blood and cancer diseases (hematologists, oncologists) are also responsible.

Main causes of night sweats

  • Unfavorable sleeping conditions (Bedroom temperature, duvets, humidity)
  • Alcohol, nicotine, spicy food
  • Medication
  • Infectious diseases
    Virus flu
    tuberculosis
    HIV infection / AIDS
    Bacterial inflammation of the lining of the heart (endocarditis)
  • Hormones, metabolism
    Hyperthyroidism, menopause
    diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Vascular inflammation (Wegener's granulomatosis,
    Temporal arteritis, polymyalgia rheumatica)
  • Cancers
    Lymphatic Cancer: Hodgkin Disease, Non-Hodgkin Disease
    Leukemia, myelofibrosis or osteomyelofibrosis
  • Psyche, nerves
    Stress, emotional stress, fears
    Sleep disorders, nightmares, sleep apnea
    Neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson's disease, stroke)

Treatment always follows the underlying disease. However, there are also night sweat attacks for which no clear causes can be found. The doctors then speak of idiopathic night sweats. Here the sweat glands are overactive for unexplained reasons. Some people also suffer from excessive sweating during the day. Changed living and sleeping habits can, among other things, help to reduce the production of sweat at night.

The following sections (see chapter overview at the beginning of the text or chapter bar below) give an overview of normal (physiological) sweating and the most important causes of night sweats as well as self-help tips for lighter, non-pathological symptoms.

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Important NOTE:

This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.