What causes night sweats in men and how can the condition be relieved? Further to this is the apparent uniqueness of this problem in men. What I mean to say is that you rarely hear of women who have night sweats. This is not true however. Women have a different set of causes of excess sweat such as the menopause and monthly cycles. But for men sweating at night is quite widespread.
The main causes are not quite as easy to discover. Each case can be quite different. But as with most things, its a case of what goes in must come out. There are 2 distinct groups of causes for night sweats in men. The first group are causes that can be helped by making life and dietary changes. The second set of causes are medical conditions that need expertise and usually medication and treatment to cure.
Age can also play a part in the level of excess sweat than a man can suffer with. Many experts point to the age group of 45 – 60 as the time when a man is more prone to excess sweating. I personally believe that this is more about lifestyle than reality. If a man eats well and exercises regularly throughout his life then the age is not important. I have remained active all my life and have had the same level of sweat problem throughout my life.
Over Eating and Too Much Alcohol
When a man’s body is sweating at night it is trying to reduce the body temperature. The high body temperature can be caused by alcohol, spicy foods and certain drugs. So when a man decides to hit the town and have a drinking and overeating session then it stands to reason that he will overheat at night. It is inevitable that he will wake up in the middle of the night soaking wet and needing to cool off.
When these symptoms occur but there has been no excessive eating and drinking then what can happen is that a mild allergy is causing the body to sweat. It can also be caused by prescription drugs that you have for another health problem.
Dreams And Nightmares
Stress is a major cause of night sweating in men. Even when a man is sleeping he can be worrying and stressing about the days events or even the events of the next day. Then a man can wake up literally in a cold sweat. In most cases however the subject of the dream will still be in the mind on the man. Diagnosis of stress caused night sweats is quite easy for this reason. In daily life stress can cause a man to sweat with little or no warning. The nighttime sweating is just an extension of this. De-stressing of a man’s life is so important in the 21st Century. He needs to find a way through the daily stress of life that means his sweat problem can be controlled.
Medical Conditions and Treatments
I am no doctor but it is well known that certain long term medical conditions have side affects such as too much sweats. Sometimes this also means night sweats. The most well known of these is type 2 diabetes. Some drugs that your doctor will give you will also cause night time sweating as a side effect. Certain infections and bacterial illnesses will also have a high incidence of excessive sweating. This particularly true at night.
Reducing Night Sweats In Men
I have spent a lifetime trying to solve my own sweat problem. For me night sweats were not the main problem although I still have the odd bad night from time to time. The best cure is a mixture of eating well with a diet of unprocessed food and living a stress free life.