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Night Sweats – What You Need to Know

Posted Nov 19 2012 8:14am


It's a well-known fact that despite women having twice as many sweat glands as men, tend not to sweat as much.

Now, isn't that dandy?

Everyone sweats. For all practical purposes, this function is to keep the body cool – an important one, to say the least.

Yet there are situations when excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis ) occurs and in some cases, with the condition being extremely severe leaves the person with no choice but to stay at home.

It's unfortunate because these folks are also the type that you will see only wearing clothes that are black in color – to hide the sweating, of course. Worse still, they'll avoid customs of human contact such as shaking hands or hugging so as to prevent any kind of criticism that might follow, even if nothing is said.

It's the internal dialogue that revolves around the question, why do I sweat so much , which is just troublesome – making it even more important for the people around them to be as understanding as possible.

Yet there's another condition called sleep hyperhidrosis (or night sweats ) that brings with it just as many complications as hyperhidrosis does.

Night Sweats – What You Need to Know

As mentioned earlier, night sweats is a condition that characterized by excessive sweating but at night only.

This can occur for several reasons and some of them, according to a study conducted among  2267 patients, are due to:

#1: Menopause, a condition that women have to deal with, and which is also accompanied by hot flashes.

#2: Infections related to tuberculosis, Endocarditis, Osteomylelitis, Brucellosis and abscesses among other bacterial infections.

#3: Most types of cancers including Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

#4: Medication such as antidepressants, antipyrectics, psychiatric drugs, hypoglycemic agents as well as those related to hormone therapy.

#5: For no reason at all, and which is termed as idiopathic hyperhidrosis.

#6: Diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hyperthyroidism, Leukemia, Myelofibrosis,
Pheochromocytoma, Stroke and Syringomyelia.

Of course, excessive sweating can also occur for the reason that the nightclothes or the room that you're sleeping in and the current weather trends that are hot.

As aggravating this condition can be, there are also remedies for night sweats that work well and will definitely help you get a good night's sleep.

Night Sweats – Common Remedies

Right off the bat, if the condition is mild, then fewer blankets as well as lighter nightclothes might just do the trick. For night sweats that are considered chronic in nature, here are a few home remedies that will help:

#1: Adding soy products to your diet can be very helpful as the isoflavones present can curb the intensity of hot flashes and menopause that lead to night sweats.

#2: Flaxseed oil contains lignans, a type of phytoestrogen that also helps balance out the estrogen levels in the body.

#3: Herbal teas with flavors such as sage, red clover and black cohosh work as excellent remedies.

#4: Evening Primrose, which is available in the oil and capsule format, work as one of the best remedies for night sweats.

In Closing

If you've had to deal with night sweats, please feel free to share your experiences, and more importantly, what home remedies you used to overcome this condition.

Also, here is an article that lists home remedies for men while this article lists them for women.

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