Do you wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat? Does it seem like you have to change your sheets every time you shift? If so, you’re probably suffering from night sweats. This problem can be caused by a number of factors, from certain medication’s side effects to hormonal changes or other diseases.
Before you start to worry, you would be happy to know that in most cases night sweats aren’t a sign of a medical problem; you must see your doctor if other symptoms occur correspondingly, such as weight loss or an unexplainable pain.
Here is a review of some of the most common causes for night sweats:
Hormonal Causes: Sometimes, thyroid gland function interruptions, hormonal changes due to stopping of menstruation or pregnancy may cause night sweating. Middle-age is one of the most common factors to night sweating.
Infections: There are several infections which may be the cause of sweating problems: inflammations, tuberculosis, HIV, and so on. Fungal infections and infections in general will cause unpleasant sweat odor.
Here are some other possible reasons for night sweats:
- Psychological therapy, anti-depressants, painkillers, weight loss pills, etc.
- Neurological reasons.
- Stimulants: caffeine, energy drinks, chocolate, etc.
Unhealthy Diet: Deficient diet is another reason for night sweats. You must become aware of the foods you consume, mainly before bedtime. Avoid spicy foods with strong odors, like onions, garlic, vinegar, peppers, etc.
Caffeine or energy drinks consumption during the day also effects you during the night, even if you do manage to fall asleep, stimulants will still reside in your blood system, and will cause you to sweat.