What Causes Night Sweats?

woman with night sweats

Night Sweats

Common Causes of Night Sweats

  1. Hormones: A common phenomenon around menopause and PMS, night sweats can signify hormone changes, imbalances or deficiencies.   Not limited to women, men can have night sweats too.  Testing can help to clarify if hormones are the source of the problem.  If so, then there are natural ways to support optimal hormone production even through and beyond menopause or andropause.  At any age, supporting the glands that maintain hormone balance in men and women (liver, adrenals, ovaries/testes, and thyroid) with diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients can help balance hormones through menopause/andropause and beyond.
  2. Bacterial or Viral Infections: A CBC or complete blood cell count can give an indicator if there is an active bacterial or viral infection.  White blood cells known as lymphocytes can be increased when there is a viral infection. Neutrophils tend to increase with a bacterial infection.
  3. Medication Side Effects: Night sweats can be a side effect of certain drugs such as anti-depressants and anti-diabetes drugs. See the prescribing physician about adjusting dosages if these side effects are keeping you up at night.
  4. Cancer: Night sweats can be an early sign of cancer, but are usually accompanied by other serious symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, unexplained weight loss and extreme fatigue.
  5. Hypoglycemia: Dips in blood sugar throughout the night can trigger sweating. The adrenals and liver should maintain a stable blood sugar through the night. Other signs of hypoglycemia include feeling weak, shaky, dizzy, light-headed, headachey or irritable if you go too long without eating.  If these occur, see one of our naturopathic doctors for help correcting adrenal gland function.

Blood tests that Dr. Frank can order that may be helpful to determine the cause of your night sweats

CBC, DHEAs, testosterone, estradiol, LH, FSH (day 3), progesterone (day 21), cortisol (a.m. and p.m.)

If night sweats are disturbing your sleep, Dr. Frank can help resolve any of the above problems with natural treatments including vitamins, minerals, herbs, diet, stress reduction, exercise and adrenal gland support.

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