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RealSimple.com: What's Your Body Trying to Tell You?

Night Sweats

Most Likely Causes:
Hormonal fluctuations can alter the body's internal thermostat, making you sweat as you sleep. A thyroid disorder can also cause night sweats.

Less Likely Cause:
Some drugs, including antidepressants, have this side effect. Certain diseases, such as cancer, lupus, and a major infection (like tuberculosis), can also leave you dripping at night.

What to do:
-Lower the temperature in your bedroom at night by opening a window or using a fan.
-Moisture-wicking sleepwear and sheets (in a microfiber material) can make a sweaty episode more tolerable.
-If the sweats don't abate or aren't linked to your menstrual cycle, talk to your doctor to rule out an illness.
-If the problem is hormonal, hormone therapy or a low-dose oral contraceptive might help.

(Jen Corace)
RealSimple




The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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