Sweating in Your Sleep? How to Eliminate Night Sweat Odor
October 18, 2018 | Odorklenz laundry
Waking up you are covered in a deep layer of sweat that not only has tainted your clothing but also your bed sheets. More and more frequently heavy sweating has woken you up from your sleep, leaving you wanting a shower and most importantly wanting answers to the root cause to your odorous night sweat issue that has recently become problematic for your clothing and linens! Night sweats are an excess of sweat produced during the night time while you are nestled soundly in your bed sleeping. This excess of sweat can cause your body to wake up in the middle of the night in response to this sudden change in your body. Usually night sweats are severe hot flashes that leave your clothes and sheets drenched – and typically this overproduction of sweat is unrelated to an overheated environment. What can be the cause to this excess sweating that is occurring while you sleep and what can be done to expel the funky sweat stench that is produced onto your clothes and sheet from this overproduction of sweat?
Why Do I Sweat So Much When I Sleep?Night sweats can be awkward and embarrassing – especially if your sleeping with a partner. What could be the cause of these frustrating night sweats? There are, surprisingly, many different causes of night sweats, and some of the known conditions that can exacerbate this overproduction of sweat include:
- Infection: The presence of an infection in your body can develop the production of night sweats. Tuberculosis is an infection that is most commonly associated with night sweats. Other types of infections like bacterial infections (endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and abscesses) can also cause night sweats.
- Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis: Idiopathic hyperhidrosis is a condition that forms in the body that chronically produces too much sweat, with no medical cause.
- Hormone Disorders: Pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome, and hyperthyroidism are all hormone disorders that can lead to sweating or flushing.
- Menopause: A well-known elicitor to sweat and night sweats is menopause.
- Cancers: Night sweats for some people may be an early indicator of some cancers. The most common type of cancer that is associated with night sweats is lymphoma. Early onset symptoms of cancers can include other symptoms such as weight loss & fever.
Causes of Night Sweats in WomenWomen that are experiencing night sweats could be dealing with a number of different health causes that can elicit the production of excess sweat at night. Two conditions in women that significantly boost the production of sweat include perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause is a normal process/phase that women go through. This process is when a woman’s ovaries produce a lower dose of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in the body, as well as an irregularity in menstrual period occurrence. The change in the levels of estrogen is what elicits the night sweats. If, however, perimenopause or menopause is not the proponent of this issue with night sweats, there could be an alternative issue occurring within your body and health. Other health conditions in women that can trigger night sweats include a cold, flu, infectious disease, bacterial infections, panic disorders, or anxiety.
What is the Cause of Night Sweats in MalesPredominately, we tend to associate night sweats and hot flashes with women that are menopausal, but the reality is that men can themselves fall victim to the dreaded night sweats. Night sweats in men are sometimes linked to low levels of testosterone, or “low T”. Testosterone is the major sex hormone in men that elicits the production of sperm, support sex drive, and helps build bones & muscle mass. A “low T” is relatively common in men and is when a man’s body produces low levels of testosterone that are below average – this condition is also known as hypogonadism. Night sweat production in men may also be caused by other health conditions such as anxiety, blood cancer, adrenal fatigue, hyperthyroidism, HIV/AIDS, or prostate cancer.
Night Sweat SymptomsNight sweats, depending on the underlying cause, can also accompany other symptoms associated with night sweats.
- Certain infections
- Chills from an onset fever
- Unknown weight loss
- Medication side effects
- Medical conditions