Common during menopause and PMS, night sweats are caused due to hormonal imbalances. Other causes include bacterial or viral infections, as a side effect of certain drugs such as anti-depressants and anti-diabetes drugs and dip in blood sugar throughout the night. It is also an early sign of cancer accompanied with swollen lymph nodes and sudden weight loss.
What Causes Night Sweats?
Night sweating is referred to as excess sweating during sleep. In case your room is unusually hot or you’re wearing too many warm clothes, this may be normal. In order to distinguish between night sweats that may be medical concerns and those that are normal, it is described as severe hot flashes that occur in the night and is unrelated to an heated or humid environment.
Common Causes Of Night Sweats
A common phenomenon around menopause and PMS, night sweats can signify hormone changes, imbalances or deficiencies. Not limited to women, men can have night sweats too. Testing can help to clarify if hormones are the source of the problem. If so, then there are natural ways to support optimal hormone production even through and beyond menopause or andropause.
At any age, supporting the glands that maintain hormone balance in men and women (liver, adrenals, ovaries/testes, and thyroid) with diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients can help balance hormones through menopause/andropause and beyond.
Bacterial or Viral Infections
A CBC or complete blood cell count can give an indicator if there is an active bacterial or viral infection. White blood cells known as lymphocytes can be increased when there is a viral infection. Neutrophils tend to increase with a bacterial infection.
Medication Side Effects
Night sweats can be a side effect of certain drugs such as anti-depressants and anti-diabetes drugs. See the prescribing physician about adjusting dosages if these side effects are keeping you up at night.
Night sweats can be an early sign of cancer, but are usually accompanied by other serious symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and extreme fatigue.
Dips in blood sugar throughout the night can trigger sweating. The adrenals and liver should maintain a stable blood sugar through the night. Other signs of hypoglycemia include feeling weak, shaky, dizzy, light-headed, headachey or irritable if you go too long without eating. If these occur, see one of our naturopathic doctors for help correcting adrenal gland function.
CBC, DHEAs, testosterone, estradiol, LH, FSH (day 3), progesterone (day 21), cortisol (a.m. and p.m.) If night sweats are disturbing your sleep, Dr. Frank can help resolve any of the above problems with natural treatments including vitamins, minerals, herbs, diet, stress reduction, exercise and adrenal gland support.