Reasons that can give you Sweaty Nights

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 17, 2014

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Night sweat is a problem faced by a large population. In some cases, the cause behind the irritating night sweat gets deciphered and at other times the reason goes undiagnosed. Find out what could possibly be your reason behind having drenched clothes and bed-sheet at night.
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    The Normal Causes

    Many health care providers come across patients who are troubled with night sweats quite often. Night sweat is excessive sweating during night. However, if you have an abnormally hot room or if you wear too many clothes to bed, sweating at night is normal.

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    Hot Flashes

    When you have severe hot flashes at night you may sweat abnormally, drenching your clothes and sheets and this sweating may not be related to an overheated room. However, there can be many reasons behind night sweats. To look for the causes successfully, a doctor must be made aware of the complete medical history based on which tests will be conducted. Some of the conditions that can lead to night sweats are listed here.

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    Menopause can be followed by hot flashes at night, leading to sweating. Hence, this could be a common cause of sweating in the night in women. If it is confirmed so, your doctor may prescribe appropriate medication.

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    Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis

    A condition in which the body chronically produces excessive sweat without any medical cause is known as idiopathic hyperhidrosis. So, if you are suffering from this condition, too much sweating should not come as a surprise to you.

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    The disease can be one of the most common causes of night sweating. Besides, bacterial infections like endocarditis, osteomyelitis and abscesses can also cause night sweats. HIV infection can be another probable cause of night sweating.

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    The early symptoms of some types of cancer include night sweats. The most common type of cancer associated with night sweats is lymphoma. But, people who have undiagnosed cancer frequently suffer from other symptoms like unexplained weight loss and fevers.

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    Some medications can also cause night sweats. The most common kind of medication that causes night sweats include antidepressants as almost 8 to 22 percent people who take antidepressants sweat at night. Besides, some other psychiatric drugs have also been found to be associated with night sweats.

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    Low Blood Sugar

    When a person suffers from low blood sugar levels, night sweating becomes common. People who take insulin dosage or are on oral diabetes medications may suffer from hypoglycemia at night which is followed by sweating.

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    Hormone Disorders

    Sweating or flushing could be a result of hormone disorders, including pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome and hyperthyroidism. Discuss with your doctor to know the possible cause and seek treatment.

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    Neurological Conditions

    The rare neurological conditions called autonomic dysreflexia, posttraumatic syringomyelia, stoke and autonomic neuropathy cause night sweating.

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