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Excessive Night Sweating Could be a Symptom for a Medical Condition

Posted Jun 05 2010 5:08pm

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night drenched and wondering where on earth the leak in your roof came from? Only, you would find that you were drenched not in rain but in your own sweat, and nothing you did to help control this problem of night sweating would have any effect.

This is not an unnatural occurrence. Many people – adults and children alike – go through this problem. In most cases it is nothing more than an overactive system, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Night sweating, especially excessive night sweating could be a symptom for a medical condition of which you are unaware.

Of course, some people just experience bouts of night sweating if they have ingested hot or spicy foods before coming to bed. And since prevention is always better than cure, the best thing that can be done in these circumstances is to avoid such foods that you know will trigger an attack of night sweating.

Some people on the other hand, experience night sweating as part of their normal biological functions. It is also not uncommon for these people to have only intermittent bouts of night sweating. It is not necessary for these people to suffer from regular bouts of nightly sweating. It can even be triggered by a number of factors other than that of food.

For the most part these include such things as excessive stress, anxiety, and to a very great extent, the prevailing weather conditions. Some people will have bouts of night sweating even in the thickest of winter, but then again, that isn’t so strange as most people will have not only the heating turned on, but also thick blankets covering them to ward off the chill!

As you can see, especially in a person prone to night sweating, these factors can all lead to that person sweating excessively in the night. This does not however, mean that night sweating is experienced by a vast majority of people. Indeed, relatively speaking, the number of people who suffer from night sweating is low, but on the flip side of the coin this number is by no means very low..

If you suffer from night sweating and have tried everything you can think of to stop or even control this problem, you might want to consult with your physician to see what your options are. No one wants to contend with sweaty sheets and nightclothes, day after day, or rather night after night!

You can also try using antiperspirants in the night time to help you control any night sweating problems. Or you could try changing your overall diet as well. It might not be just one food which is the problem, but your entire diet. On the other hand, you can also try relaxation methods just before you go to bed to help you relax. These can all have a beneficial effect on you and might be able to help you prevent night sweating.

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