It’s not something talked about a lot, but there are a lot of people living in pain who also find it hard to sleep due to night sweats and overheating at night, making your body feel hot. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis at night, also called night sweats, read on. We are going to explain to you how you might be able to fix this kind of issue in your own life. Starting from the beginning
What causes night sweats?
Even when just talking about night sweats in relation to pain, there are many possible causes. For the purposes of creating a comprehensive list, we will add ALL possible causes of night sweats here in this list (organized alphabetically):
- Autoimmune disorders
- Autonomic neuropathy
- Carcinoid syndrome
- Drug addiction and/or withdrawal (alcohol, opioids, cocaine, cannabis, benzodiazepines)
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Pyogenic abscess
- Sleep disorders
- Thyroid disease
Night sweats are also very common in women who are going through menopause. If you are around the age of 50 and are experiencing this and no other issues, this is likely the case.
Solving the night sweats
Bedding with breathable fabric and “stay cool” technology
Try first purchasing bed sheets and blankets with made from breathable fabric. The issue could be rooted in something as simple as this.
Memory foam mattresses tend to hold heat in, so switching to a fabric that breathes is especially important. Bamboo sheets are known to be extremely breathable, keeping them cool while you sleep.
“Stay cool” pillows may also help. They have technology that allows for them to stay cool even while in use. Keeping your head and face cool will help the rest of your body feel cool, as well.
If that doesn’t work, there are some well-known “triggers” you should try to avoid.
If you are feeling overworked or stressed out, it could be causing you to sweat at night, also. Do what you can to help reduce your stress levels. It will benefit you in many different ways, sweating included.
Turn down the temperature
Sleeping with the A/C on may cost you a little more each month but could also solve the problem. Fans work too, they make some great ones now that take up very little space while packing a solid punch.
Smoking and second-hand smoking
That’s right, one of the issues caused by smoking cigarettes is hyperhidrosis. If you’ve ever needed a reason to quit for yourself or someone in your family, here it is.
Wear loose fitting clothing
Wear clothing to sleep that is breathable or wear less clothing to bed in general.
A side effect of drinking alcohol also happens to be sweating. If you are using alcohol you could experience night sweats.
Eating spicy foods
Eating spicy and hot foods could cause you to sweat. Try not to eat them for dinner and you may solve your issue.
Night sweats can be a pretty serious issue that lead to sleep deprivation, making us feel groggy and fatigued throughout the way. Anything that can affect your ability to sleep is a serious issue. We hope that the information here has helped you gain a better understanding of the issue and how you can treat it!
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Night sweats can be a symptom of pain. If you are feeling chronic pain, we can help. Get started feeling better today and get in touch with us if you are in the Atlanta area.