Hot flashes, common during menopause, often occur during sleep resulting in night sweats. The resulting loss of sleep night after night is often the cause of the accompanying fatigue and moodiness of menopause. If you suffer from night sweats, stopping them may be as simple as paying attention to your daily habits.
What Causes Night Sweats?
An everyday cold and menopause are two of the most common night sweats causes. Hot flashes associated with menopause occur in women who are at or near the menopausal stage. Medical conditions such as influenza, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS and certain cancers like lymphoma can also cause night sweats. Infections such as tuberculosis, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis can all be contributing factors to night sweats. Hypoglycemia and hormone disorders such as hyperthyroidism can also result in hot flashes or flushing. Neurological conditions like a stroke and the side effects of various medications including anti-diabetic medicines, aspirin, acetaminophen and anti-depressants can cause night sweats to occur. (Viera, 1019)
How to Stop Night Sweats
To eliminate night sweats, paying attention to your body and the trigger factors will enable you to determine what is causing the hormonal imbalance that causes night sweats.
Eliminating stimulants: night sweats can be treated by reducing or eliminating stimulants from your diet, such as caffeine and spicy foods, especially before bed.
Manage your stress: stress can also be a trigger factor in night sweats. When the body is overwhelmed, the hormonal balance is disrupted, thereby causing night sweats.
Additional triggers: Other factors, such as smoking, sugar, or being overweight may lead to night sweats.
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