While night sweats are often due to a sleeping environment that is too warm, they can also be caused by an underlying medical condition.
If you regularly experience night sweats that interrupt your sleep or are accompanied by a fever or unexplained weight loss, it’s likely time to schedule an appointment with your physician.
“True night sweats are defined as severe hot flashes occurring at night that can drench sleepwear and sheets,” explains Laura M. Rosch, DO, an osteopathic internal medicine specialist from Wheaton, Illinois. “Your doctor will take a look at your detailed medical history and may order tests, such as blood counts and virus and thyroid tests, to determine if you have any underlying medical conditions that could be responsible.”
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, focus on prevention by examining how your lifestyle and environment impact your health, rather than just treating your symptoms.
Practical reasons for why someone may experience night sweats include:
According to Dr. Rosch, the following medical conditions are common causes of night sweats.
Before visiting your doctor, try to eliminate the practical causes of night sweats from your daily routine and sleeping environment. “Make sure your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature for sleeping, remove extra blankets from your bed, and refrain from exercising or eating spicy foods late in the evening,” advises Dr. Rosch. “If your night sweats persist, then make an appointment with your family physician.”
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