What Causes Excessive Sweating While Sleeping


what causes night sweats

Sweat during sleep is also known as Sleeping Hyperhidrosis or Night Sweats. Although the cold room conditions, people who suffer from this will sweat excessively, even soaked. It is indeed very annoying but not dangerous, but it may indicate the presence of other medical conditions and should not be underestimated.

Below will be mentioned possible causes of heavy sweating during sleep. However, you can not use the reference below to determine what the exact cause because the best way is to consult a doctor. Remember that prevention is better than cure.

Eight Possible Causes of Excessive Sweating While Sleeping

The following are the various possible causes of 'sleeping hyperhidrosis' or 'night sweats' (the medical term of excessive sweating during sleep). If you suffer from this every time you sleep and you often wake up because of this, then most likely you have a medical condition that should be discussed to a doctor immediately. If it's only happened occasionally, it may be caused by a lighter reason.

1. IDOPATHIC hyperhidrosis

idopathic hyperhidrosis
idopathic hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating. Idiopathic hyperhidrosis itself is a chronic condition in which the body produces too much sweat without any medical cause can be found. It is unusual and often seen in the armpit and palm of our hand. But usually the most common cause is due to ambient conditions or stress.

2. Menopause

Menopause and Sweating
Menopause and Sweating

Women often experience hot flashes (hot flushes), ie, changes in hormone levels that normally are early signs of menopause. Hot flashes itself can occur in the evenings accompanied by excessive sweating. Usually for women who experience excessive sweating during sleep, this is the most general cause. Therefore, it is suggested that to avoid stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods to reduce the level of hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.


low blood sugar and heavy sweating
low blood sugar and heavy sweating

Low blood sugar levels or also known as Hypoglycemia, can also occur at night. Known as Nocturnal Hypoglycemia, and is the cause of excessive sweating during sleep. Research also proves that excessive sweating during sleep due to low blood sugar can cause dripping wet on the bed and the clothes worn, and accompanied by nightmares, dizziness or headache when you wake up.


neurological conditions (stroke) and night sweats
neurological conditions (stroke) and night sweats

Sweat necessarily controlled by the nerve, so excessive sweating during sleep can be a sign of nerves or neurological abnormalities. Diseases such as stroke and autonomic neuropathy may be one cause.

Stroke can occur as a result of the presence of a blood clot or rupture of blood vessels that block blood flow to the brain, whereas autonomic neuropathy is a symptom that occurs due to injury to the nerve, usually connected with diabetes, excessive alcohol, HIV, AIDS, injury due to surgery or trauma.


infection and sweating

Some infections can cause excessive sweating while sleeping and the most common is tuberculosis (TB). Bacterial infections such as endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valves), osteomyelitis (bone infection), HIV, and other bacterial infections can also cause excessive sweating while sleeping.


cancer and sweating

You should not underestimate heavy sweating during sleep, it is because he can also be an early symptom of cancer. The most common types which usually have this symptom is Lymphona (a medical condition in which white blood cells divide faster and last longer than it should have, which in turn can lead to tumors). However, people who suffer from this course will also have other symptoms, such as fever and weight loss.

7. Treatment

medication drugs causes of sweating

Various medications are used to reduce fever such as heroin, leuprolide, niacin, tamoxifen, antihypertensives, alcohol can cause excessive sweating during sleep. Based on the study, there were 11 other drugs that can cause this and is usually in the drug also written or labeled that there is a possibility of night sweating as a side effect. So, if you're taking medication and experience excessive sweating then chances are that's the cause.

8. Abnormalities in hormones

hormone abnormalities

Some hormonal abnormalities can be the reason of night sweating or sleeping hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating during sleep). Pheochromocytoma, Hyperthyroidism and carcinoid syndrome is a hormonal disorder that can cause this.

Pheochromocytoma is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands which responsible for blood pressure and heart rate. Hyperthyroidism is more common where excess thyroid hormone used to control protein, energy, and relationships with other hormones. Carcinoid syndrome is also a rare hormonal disorder due to excess hormone produced by the lung or colon tumors.

When Do I Have to Consult to A Doctor and The Treatment of Night Sweats

consulting physician

The treatments for night sweats can not be said with certainty, because it all depends on the possibility of illness. However, there are three common ways to treat night sweat, namely, changing lifestyles, using herbal remedies and using a prescription drug.

Then, do I need to consult to a doctor ASAP after experiencing this? No, it depends to yourself. If you suffer from it constantly or every day, then you should see a doctor, if this is happened only one or a few days with an interval of uncertainty, then most likely it can be cured by changing your lifestyle.

1 Response to " What Causes Excessive Sweating While Sleeping "

Unknown said...

I experienced sweating while I'm sleeping. When I gone through your post I am worried about my condition. Maybe I should go to my doctor for this. I thought it was just base on the temperature of my room but my room was cold.