Before you can try to eliminate your night sweating, you need to know what is causing them in the first place. I will go over some of the most common night sweats causes so you can work with your doctor to determine the best path of treatment.
Check Your Medications
The first think you should do is consider the medications you are currently taking. Make sure you are considering both OTC (over the counter) medications as well as your prescription medicines. Night sweats are a common side-effect of many common and otherwise safe medications.
For example, the drugs in common pain relievers and fever reducers Tylenol and Advil (acetaminophen and ibuprofen, respectively) may cause you to experience night sweats if you experience a mild fever and these medications then lower your temperature in a rapid fashion.
Other medications known to be night sweats causes are antidepressants, high dosage niacin, tamoxifen and cortisone-based prescription medicines.
Check For Infections or Inflammation
Next you should make sure you are not enduring some kind of illness or inflammation you are not aware of. Any kind of infection or inflammation may cause your core temperature to rise and fall in a rapid manner. Any time you experience that kind of rapid temperature change, you are bound to experience excessive sweating, especially while you are asleep.
And one of your body’s most effective tools for fighting infections and inflammation is temperature modulation. In particular tuberculosis is known to be one of the more severe night sweats causes.
Check For Low Blood Sugar
Did you eat a ton of sugary foods then not eat for a really long time before you went to bed? The high sugar foods will spike your blood sugar, actually lowering your blood sugar long term. Then going for a long time after that sugar spike will cause your blood sugar to continue dropping.
When your blood glucose gets low enough, your body starts to think that something is wrong and might start setting off its various functions for immunity. And one of its most common and effective tools for immune function, as mentioned earlier, is thermal regulation. Thus low blood sugar is actually one of the most common night sweats causes.
So don’t eat high sugar food before bed, and be especially careful about eating a high sugar food then not eating for a long time before bed. In more severe situations, you might discuss diabetes and hypoglycemia with your doctor, as severe night sweats are a common symptom of these conditions.
I hope you now better understand some of the most common night sweats causes and you feel more empowered to address this uncomfortable and possibly debilitating condition with your primary care physician.