What causes night sweats?
Everyone has tossed off the covers on a too-warm night or woken up with a sheen of sweat after a particularly vivid nightmare. While annoying, sweating during the night consistently typically isn’t a problem. But regularly waking up in drenched sheets and soggy pajamas are symptoms that suggest a medical condition known as sleep hyperhidrosis, or night sweats, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Night sweats are actually relatively common. Research shows that anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of adults report them in a given year. What causes night sweats? Lots of things, which is why there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. To stop PM perspiration, you have to first identify what’s causing your night sweats. Where to start? This list, which includes the common and the relatively rare.
When you’re wondering what causes night sweats, you have to consider your thyroid—the tiny, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It governs how your body uses energy, according to the Mayo Clinic, and when it pumps out too much of the hormone thyroxine into your system (aka hyperthyroidism), it causes your internal engine to rev up. That can lead to night sweats, as well as other symptoms like increased appetite, racing heart, and unintended weight loss. Blood tests can easily identify the condition—here are some more symptoms that indicate you should get your thyroid checked. Usually, the symptoms can be tamed with hormone treatment.