Sweating at night can be extremely annoying. And, there is more to excessive night sweats than just the outside temperature.
Do you know someone who sweats excessively at night? Our insight and fixes may be of help!
Sweating At Night
Sweating as a result of exercise or dealing with the heat is perfectly normal. However, there is also a darker side to sweating...
Even though sweat is a natural way for the body to eradicate heat, excessive sweating may indicate something more serious, like sleep hyperhidrosis, which affects around 3% people in the world today. However, different people suffer from this condition for different reasons.
Can not stop sweating at night? Let us look at some of the most common causes, and what kind of things you could do to address them.
Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)
Hypoglycemia is often misunderstood as a disease. Actually, in fact, hypoglycemia is a medical condition wherein blood has dangerously low levels of sugar. The opposite condition, hyperglycemia, is when blood has dangerously high levels of sugar in it. Fluctuations (rise and fall) in blood sugar itself. So, it is not an abnormality, since the human body has a natural way to control the sugar level by the secretion of insulin (to decrease the sugar level) and glucagon (to increase the sugar level) of the body. These hormones are controlled by the pancreas and naturally work together to maintain the blood sugar level. However, when the body’s hormones are no longer able to control the sugar levels, that is exactly when it becomes an issue.
Hypoglycemia has a close connection with sweating at night. Excessive and unnatural sweating at night is one of the first symptoms that appear in this condition, along with trembling and unusual hunger. Usually, hypoglycemia is not as big of an issue as hyperglycemia. To start off, sufferers are recommended to eat more sweet food and fruits. If your blood sugar level is very low, you may be given glucagon injections and some medications to support the treatment.
Menopause is the state in which a woman can no longer reproduce. Though menopause is natural and usually starts after the age of 51, it can target younger females due to medical problems.
The signs and symptoms of menopause can be many but what we are concerned with here is something known as ‘hot flashes’. Just as the name suggests, hot flashes are flashes of heat that cause your skin to suddenly feel warm. Along with this, your heart may start to beat faster and you’ll start to unusually sweat, especially in the upper body regions. This may commonly happen at night and make it very difficult to sleep.
Hot flashes can be unnaturally triggered too such as with the intake of very spicy foods or staying in a hot room; summers, therefore, can be extremely annoying.
Menopause is one of the reasons of excessive night sweating and one of the contributors to an agonising sleep experience.
This inability to reproduce can be caused by both unnatural and natural ways. However, most of the times it is natural due to age factors and hence it is unavoidable in women as in one time or the other, they will have it.
Medications are one of the biggest causes of why you may sweat so much at night. The good news, however, is that not every medicine is a contributor to sweating. The reason as to why you may be taking medicines may be known only by you and your family, however, there are some specific categories of medicines credited with causing sweating at night.
- Anti-depressants – most psychiatric drugs are known to cause night sweats as a result of their side effects. Most of the popular ones such as Prozac are included in this. Depending on your dosage, the effect of the medicines will be directly proportional to the number of tablets you take every day. However, one thing is to be noted that some anti-depressants like Cipralex are started from half a tablet a day, which is the minimum starter dosage. Nonetheless, this does not keep you safe from the night sweats as you’re still taking an anti-depressant. One surprising fact is that anxiety, depression and stress in general, themselves, lead to sweats as they tend to warm up the body. Their negative effects may increase at night because of the freedom of overthinking. The outcome of your anxiety and the anti-depressant combined will cause you to sweat even more. Even though you may think that the medicine has removed your anxiety, it actually is still there. You are just numb to it and hence you’ll still sweat because your body is suffering from it but your heart is free from the pain.
- Antipyretics and antibiotics – antipyretics are basically those drugs that are specifically taken to lower your fever, like aspirin for example. Antibiotics are generally taken to stop the growth of micro-organisms. A popular example of an antibiotic would be penicillin. These drugs have a deep connection with night sweats. They tend to decrease your body temperature and cause your sweat glands to be abnormally activated without the presence of heat. This leads to cold sweating which is simply sweating without feeling hot.
Now that you are aware of some of the common causes of night sweats, here is what you can do to stop sweating at night and beat down the summer heat.
Combating The Summers
Due to global warming, the summers have become hotter than ever. It won’t be wise to buy additional air conditioners or to cover up all the windows to prevent the sun rays from reaching inside, so what can you do to cool down yourself and your house?
Here are some efficient ways to keep it chill in the midst of summer’s heat and stop sweating at night.
- Spray Bottle – have you ever felt like jumping into a pool of cold water during the summers? Or perhaps wished to sit inside the refrigerator in the desperation to invigorate your burning body? One of the most efficient ways to keep it chilly and maintain the heat is to use a spray bottle. How so? Very simple. Get a spray bottle and add some water in it.
Make sure not to fill it completely as it may not spray anything if the level of water is too high. Now, all you need to do is place the spray bottle in the refrigerator, wait for like fifteen minutes and simply spray the water on you! This water will evaporate from your body leaving behind a cooling effect and not only freshen you up but also beat down the heat.
If you want the coolness of the water to last longer and wish to have even more icy cold water to be sprayed upon you, then you can put the spray bottle in the freezer and allow the water to freeze. Afterwards, let some of it melt and then use it to refresh yourself. If your eyes feel weary, you can even use the spray bottle and place it’s frozen water’s side on your eyes to cool them down.
The best part is, if you are a beauty conscious person, you can fill your spray bottle with rose water and let it cool in the fridge. Now whenever you spray it, not only will you be able to enjoy the coolness of the rose water but also its health benefits for your skin.
2. Keep yourself hydrated – this is one of the easiest ways to stop sweating at night. Try to drink as much water as possible during the summers. As the body starts to lose water due to the heat, its internal temperature rises and causes you to sweat.
Try to drink as much water as possible to keep your body and your internal temperature regulated. During the summers, you can keep a water bottle handy next to your bed and drink it whenever you feel like you’re hot.
3. Become a heat reflector – every colour of cloth that you wear has some ability to absorb and reflect heat. The darker the colour gets, the better the absorber it becomes. Similarly, the lighter the colour gets, the better the reflector of heat it becomes. Therefore, the black colour is terrible at reflecting it but tends to absorb it really well in comparison with white colour which is completely the opposite. During the evening time, try to dress up in white coloured clothing. This will not only help you stay cool but also help you to stop sweating at night.
By the way, the same rule follows for the indoor walls too, so make sure that your walls are painted white as there is no other efficient way to reflect heat than using the white colour.
4. Turn off unused electrical appliances and lights – did you know that depending on the type of bulb used, it can convert 80% of the electrical energy given to it into heat energy? That means that the bulb can radiate up to 80% of the electrical energy as heat energy in the atmosphere.
Although it varies from bulb to bulb, every bulb does give out a specific percentage of heat, the most efficient ones around 10%. Similarly, devices like your computer and your T.V both emit heat when they are turned ON. Hence, if you are not using any of them, either turn them OFF or put them at least in ‘sleep’ mode. This will help reduce the concentration and spread of heat in a particular area and help you to stop sweating at night.
5. Generate cool breezes – no joke, you can do it. If you have a movable ground fan, you can put a bowl of ice cubes in front of it. When the ice starts to melt, the damp vapour will be blown towards you by the fan and give a beach-like experience of cool breezes to make sure that you stop sweating at night.
6. Keep your windows open at night – most of the heat trapped in your house due to the greenhouse effect stays trapped if the windows and blinders are closed. Though it is better to keep them closed at the mornings and afternoons to keep out the heat at night, you’ll be amazed to find out how quickly your house will cool down and replace its warm air with cool refreshing air from the outside. This is one of the most efficient ways to circulate the air inside your house and to distribute it uniformly throughout your house to keep it cool and to stop sweating at night and in general.
If you’re worried about bugs, you can buy a window screen for as low as $20. This is kind of a net which is attached to the frame of the window and prevents the entry of any undesired insects even if you completely open your windows.
7. Cut the caffeine intake – caffeine is both described as a drug and a food additive. Around 600 common beverages, including tea and coffee, are known to contain caffeine. What caffeine basically does is boost your energy but also sweat along with the promotion of wakefulness. It works by stimulating your central nervous system and activating your sweat glands. Hot drinks in summer also increase your internal temperature leading to more sweats at night. Cutting the caffeine intake will dramatically help you to stop sweating at night.
8. Keep the bathroom exhaust fans ON – when you take a bath, the heat of the water tends to stay trapped in the bathroom for a long time. This heat can escape to the other areas of your house through the gaps. Hence, keep the exhaust fans turned ON for a longer period of time during the summer to allow ventilation and equal diffusion to take place. This will play an important role to help you stop sweating at night.