What are Night Sweats?
Night sweats occur when a person develops too much sweat while sleeping at night, drenching their clothes and bedsheets. It?s an uncomfortable condition that is compared to a hot flash that wakes one from sleeping. It may seem like a normal issue that accompanies menopause or andropause, but it is a serious condition that requires medical attention.
Symptoms of Night Sweats
The main symptom of night sweats is abnormally heavy sweating during the night, unrelated to the surroundings. True night sweats are not affected by environmental conditions like high temperatures, dense humidity, thick clothing or too many blankets.
Causes of Night Sweats
Although night sweats may seem like a trivial affliction, they could portend potential life threatening conditions. These conditions are what cause hyperactivity of the autonomic nervous system that create the intense sweating and send physicians an important message.
These dangerous conditions could be:
- Malignant tumors like lymphoma or leukemia
- Infectious diseases like tuberculosis or infectious endocarditis
- Endocrine disorders like hyperthyroidism, low adrenals or menopause
- Autoimmune disorders like temporal arteritis
- The overuse of drugs
- Other life-threatening health problems like sleep apnea
Solution to Night Sweats
As with any unnatural condition, it is most likely being caused by another issue in the body. It?s just like someone who is suddenly very angry and frustrated and yells at everyone around them?before someone gives them pills for depression or anger management therapy, they should first check if that person is simply hungry or extremely tired. Those unrelated conditions of hunger or exhaustion can cause a reaction in a different part of the body.
The best solution for relieving the problem on the surface is finding the source of the problem, or the root cause. This could be any of the conditions listed in the section above, or else some sort of hormonal imbalance. If the night sweats are caused by a hormonal imbalance, this can be treated with the support of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
However, since we treat every patient individually, considering your personal history and unique body makeup, the solution will be specific to your body.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Living with a condition like night sweats is probably not pleasant for you or your partner. But more importantly, it could be your body?s way of telling you that something else is very wrong. Addressing the root cause of the night sweats could change the way you sleep?but more importantly, change the way you live. By checking out your condition now, you may be preventing life-threatening conditions that will only worsen over time.