10 Night Sweats Symptoms

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Excessive sweating while sleeping is known as night sweats. Sweating is the body's way of regulating its temperature and preventing overheating naturally. Sweat glands on the skin release water, and as the fluid evaporates, it releases heat energy and cools the body.

It's normal for people to experience some perspiration throughout the night, such as on a hot summer evening. Night sweats are more severe and commonly leave clothes and sheets drenched, even when the room is cool. There are several symptoms of night sweats. Although generally not severe, the condition sometimes signals a need for further medical attention.

Sweating

As the name suggests, the most common symptom of night sweats is repeated episodes of substantial nighttime perspiration. People experiencing this condition commonly wake up with their bedding and pajamas soaked in sweat. The excess perspiration isn't caused by a warm room temperature or too much clothing. Instead, night sweats are caused by hot flashes occurring during sleep related to an underlying medical condition.

People experiencing night sweats should contact a doctor if the episodes occur regularly, interrupt sleep, or are accompanied by a fever, weight loss or other symptoms of concern.1‘Night Sweats In-Depth.’ Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 22 Feb. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/night-sweats/in-depth/sym-20050768?p=1

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