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Night Sweat and Metabolism?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 08, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I understand that a question similar to this one had already been asked, but things are a tad different (age, workout level, etc).

I am 24 and have been strict Paleo for about 38 days (no cheats at all). I have been CrossFitting 3/week since the first week of January.

This past week I have not been getting a decent amount of sleep (6-8 hours), because I keep waking up so hot and sweaty! I sleep in very light clothing (if at all haha!) and the temperature is set at 67-68 (which is pretty low for us). I thought that it could be eating too close to bed time, but that isn't the case because I've kind of experimented the last couple of nights to see what the culprit could be. Needless to say, I am still waking up hot and full of sweat. My husband suggested that it could be the quick boost in metabolism but what do you think? Is anybody else experiencing something like this?

UPDATE: Yeah, it was something as silly as my bedroom fan placement. My husband and I rearranged our bedroom, and since moving our fan back to it's original place, things are better! Sometimes I think we think too hard. ;)

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I'm having this night sweat issue as well..

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:47 PM

How many carbs do you eat daily?

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:08 PM

It doesn't mean you are diabetic. Just that diabetics see this more because of their blood sugar issues, and you can extrapolate that it's low blood sugar that's possibly causing it in you.

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:35 PM

James: Thank you for the suggestion; I have read this elsewhere as well and am pretty certain that I am not diabetic. I will try the snack thing tonight . . . any excuse for a snack and I'm in! ;)

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Nance: I haven't changed anything nutritionally except for the obvious, going completely Paleo. I have read elsewhere that increasing your calorie intake could help, too. Thank you! :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:22 PM

PaleoGran: No birth control pills for me. TeaElf: I have a bigger fan that I have run all night (mainly for white noise), which kind of helps, too. Thanks for the suggestion, though! :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:57 PM

I don't have an answer for you, but since I get night sweats (age 41), I can tell you a big help is a small fan pointed at your head and face (that way your hubby doesn't have to deal with the breeze, too). It does wonders to bring the temp back down after an episode. I can even totally avoid them if I just let it run all night.

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on February 08, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Ashley, night sweats are common in women who are approaching menopause, but you are young. Have you recently stopped or started taking hormones, such as birth control pills? Just trying to think of possibilities. At your age and being so physically active, it is a puzzle.

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:08 PM

One of the reasons for night sweats, nightmares, etc. is low blood sugar episodes while you sleep (diabetics will have this). If you've got a blood glucose monitor, maybe check it at night/in the morning. Lowest blood sugar time is supposed to be around 2am.

The recommendations I've seen are a small snack with carbs/protein before bed (or if you wake in the middle of the night).

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:08 PM

It doesn't mean you are diabetic. Just that diabetics see this more because of their blood sugar issues, and you can extrapolate that it's low blood sugar that's possibly causing it in you.

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:35 PM

James: Thank you for the suggestion; I have read this elsewhere as well and am pretty certain that I am not diabetic. I will try the snack thing tonight . . . any excuse for a snack and I'm in! ;)

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on February 08, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I tested the effects of eating large quantities of fruit nearly a week ago. Sadly for me, the test threw both my bp and bg way out of whack so I went back to my tried-and-true ancestral eating.

I mentioned the above only because, to my dismay, I also disturbed several months of blissful, undisturbed sleep patterns. I've been waking up feeling too warm and I've been sleeping smaller blocks of hours at a time. My waking bg has also been higher.

I've gone back to making sure my first solid food of every day is a nice chunk of fatty meat and I'm doing better each night. I hope to be back to 7-8 hours of great sleep with a low morning bg in another few days.

Could my experience be relevant to yours? Did you happen to change your macronutrient ratios recently? BTW, I do agree with your husband that evening eating can cause the same problem--I have to finish eating by about 4-5 pm every day or sleep/temperature profiles change in similar ways.

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Nance: I haven't changed anything nutritionally except for the obvious, going completely Paleo. I have read elsewhere that increasing your calorie intake could help, too. Thank you! :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I know some crossfitters who also have night sweats when they crossfit. My night sweats stopped after I started crossfit. Everyone's body reacts to the change differently.

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on August 15, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Hi Ashley! I'm 31 and I started eating the PALEO diet way around March this year. After about 6 weeks of eating strictly Paleo foods (and I was NOT exercising by the way, mainly because I instantly began to lose weight when I began eating Paleo) I started getting MAJOR night sweats!!! I'm not kidding, I was waking up completely drenched in sweat!!! It was disgusting. I had to change my sheets and buy a new pillow! This had never happened to me before so I went to the doctor after about TWO WEEKS of this! She's very smart, she told me my body is just cleansing itself. I also asked my massage therapist and he said the same thing. The night sweats have stopped now, but one thing I do notice now is that whenever I stray from eating Paleo foods (for instance last weekend I ate a poutine - disgusting I know - and then I had cake... well that night omg I had an episode of a major night sweat like I had had during that previous two week period). I love the Paleo diet! This just shows that the Paleo diet truly works! It's clean eating and after a while your body likes it and wants to get rid of the bad "stuff" from foods like pastas and grains...

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