It can get frustrating when you find yourself drenched in sweat in the middle of the night. You feel sticky and this just ruins your sleep because you now have to get up, take a bath, and change your sheets. You have been experiencing this recently and you probably are searching on how to stop this nocturnal sweating.
Now when searching online on how to stop night sweats in men, you find that most of the stuff is written for women who are experiencing hot flashes, and very little is written on night sweats for men.
You’re not alone in this! Learn more about why we write on anything sweat-related. Read on my friend Oscar’s story here.
In this article, I did lots of research and put it all here for you to read. You will know the possible causes of this excessive sweating at night, you will also learn tips on how to stay cool to lessen or even stop the sweating episodes. Some people even ask why they’re feeling hot so it’s a question that should be answered.
Please take note that I am not a doctor so my tips would be all-natural or something that doesn’t need any medication. I highly suggest that after reading this article, that you go to your doctor to get a full workup and treatment plan for your condition.
What Causes Night Sweats In Men?
Before we go into all the details on why men sweat at night, please watch this informational video that briefly explains night sweating and some tips on how to lessen it. Don’t worry, I will explain and make sure you understand all the possible things that can cause sweating at night.
1. Andropause/ Low Testosterone Levels
Andropause usually occurs when you’re over 40 and is the male equivalent to menopause. After some tests, your doctor informs you that you have low levels of testosterone which causes hot flashes. These hot flashes make you feel very warm due and will make you sweat a lot.
Your doctor will usually inform you that testosterone levels naturally drop when you’re 30 and above but if it is dropping at an alarming rate, he/she may suggest hormone replacement therapy. If this doesn’t work and you still sweat a lot at night, go back and have tests done because this may be a sign of some underlying condition.
Different types of cancers will manifest itself through high fever (and other symptoms) which means that your body will regulate its temperature by sweating a lot. It is very common for your body to get a fever when it’s under stress due to internal infections like cancer or even tuberculosis.
Go to the hospital immediately if you notice that the night sweats come with a high fever. Getting immediate treatment is the key to getting rid of these sweaty episodes that can cut your good night’s sleep short.
3. Low Blood Sugar
If you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) you may experience cold sweats and clamminess which is normal because when the body gets a signal that your blood sugar gets too low it overproduces adrenaline which raises the heart rate and makes you sweat a lot.
Most people who experience low blood sugar are diabetics because of insulin or oral diabetes medication they take that lowers their blood sugar levels. For non-diabetics who experience this, some people recommend having a snack which raises the blood sugar after a while.
4. Sleep Apnea
Sleep-disordered breathing or SDB means that you have a hard time breathing when you are sleeping, sleep apnea being the most common condition in this category. Some other people like people recovering from strokes can also experience difficulty breathing which can cause increased heart rate and excessive sweating.
Treatment for SDBs is usually positive airway pressure therapy (PAP) which can help you breathe better although at first, you need to adjust to the Darth Vader-like mask that you have to wear when you sleep.
As mentioned above, diabetes medication can cause hypoglycemia, one of the causes of night sweats but there are other medications that can also cause sweating as a side-effect.
The most common over the counter medications that can cause excessive sweating are acetaminophens and NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin. So if you’re taking any of these you might want to talk to your doctor on what you can replace them with that won’t make you sweat at night.
Anxiety is a psychological condition but can have physical manifestations such as rapid breathing due to hyperventilation which increases your heart rate and will make you break into a sweat.
Dealing with this psychosomatic condition can be tough but the best way is to start finding a calm activity before going to bed such as meditation or some relaxing breathing exercises.
7. Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis
Last but not least in this list is idiopathic hyperhidrosis. Idiopathic means that there’s no known cause of these night sweats. It’s not caused by hormones, anxiety, or any medical conditions.
Don’t lose hope if this is your diagnosis. The best route to go would be different treatments for primary hyperhidrosis and to use clinical strength antiperspirants to keep the sweating at bay. Read more below to see the best brands for you.
How Do Avoid These Night Sweats?
1. Change Your Sheets
If you’re (or if your partner is) used to sleeping in satin or silk sheets this may have to go away because these fabrics trap heat and can be irritating on the skin when wet with your sweat.
Replace these sheets with breathable and cooling fabrics such as bamboo cotton which is naturally breathable and antibacterial so you won’t have to worry about the smell due to the sweat.
Take note that because you sweat more than usual, you may have to change your sheets twice (or more) a week instead of once to avoid the bad smell and to avoid getting acne because of the bacteria on the sheets.
2. Change Your Pillow
Using down pillows is a luxury and is very comfortable but they trap heat and this can add to the reasons why you sweat too much at night. You may replace these pillows with a microfiber or buckwheat pillow which may not be as comfortable but is way more cooling to the skin compared to using a down one. You may also opt to use cooling pillows.
3. Avoid Eating Spicy Food At Night
Spicy food can cause your body temperature to rise which causes your body to go into its natural cooldown mode or sweating. I know that it might be hard for you, but keep the spicy food to the early parts of the day. Avoid eating hot and spicy meals near bedtime to avoid feeling icky in the middle of the night. There are also alternative herbs that people can eat to help stop the sweating but generally just avoid spicy food.
4. Sleep in Loose Clothing
Sleep in loose, comfortable clothing because tight clothes can make your body feel warm and you’ll end up waking up in the middle of the night to change into something else. To avoid disrupting your sleep, wear a comfortable shirt, or even pajamas that are made from breathable materials.
Avoid silk or flannel because they usually trap heat and can make your body feel like it’s overheating. Also, try to take a warm shower before changing into your sleepwear as it has a natural cooling effect after.
Some people even suggest sleeping with no clothes on but it really depends on your preference and comfort levels. Do whatever it takes to feel cooler and don’t sweat on it (pun intended).
Night sweats or sleep hyperhidrosis is not that uncommon after all. Knowledge is power and I know that you definitely learned a lot from reading this article I wrote.
I’m very happy that I get to help lots of people who are going through this and that I can find and share tips to help make them sweat less or to stop the sweating entirely. I always make sure to research well and to find the best solutions for whatever problem I’m addressing.
Be on the loop and check this blog daily for new and interesting articles. I’m sure that you may want me to write about something that has been in your mind recently. Be it a question or any condition related to hyperhidrosis, please leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to write about it.
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My name is Oscar and I am the founder and director of Stop-Sweating-Now.com and have been researching and writing about hyperhidrosis for many years.
I have been sweating excessively for the better part of my life. I looked for solutions for well over a decade, but I never found anything that lasted.
It all started when I was around 14 years of age, when I suddenly found out that I was sweating more in my armpits than I should. At first I thought it was something that would go away soon, but I was wrong.
I had given up hope and accepted to live the rest of my life being embarrassed with ugly sweat stains in my armpits.
However, after a few years of not searching for any solutions anymore, I gave it another shot. And I found what finally gave me the freedom I had longed for so many years.
After finding a solution to my problem, I decided it was important to shout out my message to those that are suffering from what I had lived with so many years.
My goal is to help people find their freedom from sweating by sharing my expertise because hyperhidrosis is an underdiagnosed condition.
People don’t know that it is a medical term and can be treated effectively.
That is why I am here: Sharing with you what I know, what works and what does not work.
Want to learn more about what I did? Click below!