Do you sometimes wake up soaked in sweat? Here’s 7 possible reasons why

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat?

Your skin feels clammy and your pyjamas are clinging to your body – it’s uncomfortable to wake up like that.

If you’re sweating during the night because the bedroom is too hot, it’s perfectly normal. But if you find yourself perspiring profusely even when the room temperature is cool, you might want to look into it.

Here are some reasons you’re waking up soaking wet.

1. Menopause

Many women going through menopause experience what’s commonly referred to as hot flushes. This can sometimes occur at night and result in sweating.

2. Hypoglycaemia

Hypoglycaemia is when your blood sugar level drops below average (normally five). Symptoms of low blood sugar include shivering, blurred vision and perspiring.

3. Infections

Tuberculosis and HIV are commonly associated with night sweats. The body’s immune system is trying to fight off the infection by increasing the body temperature.

4. Cancer

Perspiring during the night is often an early sign of certain types of cancer, especially lymphoma and leukemia.

5. Diabetes

If sugar levels aren’t carefully monitored, the body’s hormones go haywire. This hormonal imbalance can result in night sweats.

6. Idiopathic hyperhidrosis

This is a chronic condition where the body produces too much sweat for no reason.

7. Sleep apnoea

This is a condition where breathing repeatedly stops and starts up again while sleeping. This happens when the walls of the throat narrow, resulting in restricted breathing.

If you wake up regularly with night sweats and don’t know why, it’s important you consult a doctor or specialist as you could be suffering from any of the above. Prevention is always better than cure. 


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