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Explanations for night sweats?

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Created January 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I am trying to figure out why I have started having spells of waking up in the night drenched in sweat. This has never occurred before outside of sickness but has happened off and on for the past few weeks. I am going to start tracking when these episodes occur and hope that some pattern evolves but I would like to know if anyone else experiences this. My diet is currently pretty low in carbs with one cheat day a week and I am exercising no more than 1 hour a week. No signs of illness. 37 yo woman so LORD I hope it's not a sign of peri-menopause. Any thoughts or similar experiences are greatly appreciated.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

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on March 25, 2013
at 08:15 PM

Yes, I have type one diabetes and also have experience night sweats related to my blood sugars dropping too high, or rising too high during the night.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on February 22, 2011
at 04:26 PM

salicylate intolerance not scary, just a PITA

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 29, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Thanks...maybe I should start taking Iodine again.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on January 29, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Food intolerances can affect blood sugar as described above

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

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on January 29, 2011
at 01:01 AM

I will be sure to update if I figure anything out. I asked all my female boot camp clients today and they all said peri-menopause, which after all these answers doesn't sound so scary anymore!! Been paleo for 3 years so I know it's not related to any adjustment period.

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on January 28, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Steve's answer may be scary, but emphasizes that a medical evaluation may be in order. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is another cause of night sweats.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Wow, Steve. Way to throw out the scary ones! Just googling I found a list of 226 reasons to have night sweats on wrongdiagnosis.com so please OP, don't get too worried as long as you feel well.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I am seconding Simibee, sorry, peri-menopause sounds very possible. Thirty-seven is a little early, but not drastically so. BUT, this is also VERY characteristic of sleep apnea, so if you have any of the other symptoms - especially daytime sleepiness - then definitely consider asking your doctor about that.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Try dropping calories a little and see if it goes away.

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:10 PM

As we speak I have been feeling like I am running hot all day. BUT, that doesn't mean I am hot. In fact, I am frequently cold, especially my hands and feet. I think it is possible to run hot but still be cold, if that makes any sense!

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Sigh...peri-menopause sounds SO not fun. My mom died when she was 35 so I can't ask her. Don't have any grandparents left. Going to track it to see if it follows my cycle in any way. Thanks!

C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

(159)

on January 28, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Yeah, I have that too. Eating "right" increases my body temperature noticeably.

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Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

on January 28, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I've had night sweats, too! Could a cortisol issue be the culprit? I need to look into thyroid, as well.

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6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

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on February 11, 2011
at 01:07 PM

I'm a 35-year-old woman and I used to have the same problem. But since I've cut out gluten and sugar, and - most importantly, I think - stopped eating at least three hours before bedtime, it doesn't seem to happen anymore. I vote for metabolism, like Aaron said.

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on January 31, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Accidental ingestion of corn and gluten cause me to have nightsweats. Typically I will wake suddenly and then start sweating about 1 minute later, up to 4 times per night. I suggest that you also look for patterns in your food intake along with the other suggestions.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on January 28, 2011
at 11:57 PM

My husband is type 2 diabetic and sometimes in the middle of the night his glucose level drops a bit low and causes him to sweat. Otherwise I'm not sure what it could be, lots of possibilities I suppose. I'm a 39 year old woman and haven't had issues like this "yet".

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on January 29, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Food intolerances can affect blood sugar as described above

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on March 25, 2013
at 08:15 PM

Yes, I have type one diabetes and also have experience night sweats related to my blood sugars dropping too high, or rising too high during the night.

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on January 28, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Ack! A lot of the responses on here are scary! I think that you should go in and see your doctor. Peri-menopause is often mis-diagnosed - so be careful with the self-diagnoses. I think that your idea of tracking the epsiosed is a good one. I found for the first month eating paleo I was really hot too especially at night - which was strange for me because I was normally always cold. So it coud be your body just working out some nasties from you old way of eating.

Good luck on finding out!

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 29, 2011
at 01:01 AM

I will be sure to update if I figure anything out. I asked all my female boot camp clients today and they all said peri-menopause, which after all these answers doesn't sound so scary anymore!! Been paleo for 3 years so I know it's not related to any adjustment period.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on January 28, 2011
at 09:55 PM

Sounds like peri-menopause to me. Peri-menopause can be a difficult time for your adrenals and thyroid. Make sure that you're getting enough unrefined salt in your diet to support adrenal function, and also make sure that you are getting enough iodine, too...not just for the sake of your thyroid, but for the health of every cell in your body.

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 29, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Thanks...maybe I should start taking Iodine again.

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Da9d20766ee0c96026244fd4afc26695

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on January 28, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I had bad night sweats for a long time. Turned out to be sleep apnea.

Three things that associate with SA are gender, overweight, and age.

You might consider a sleep test...

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1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

on January 28, 2011
at 07:08 PM

When I eat 1-3 hours before bed, after a 20 hour fast or longer, I will sweat BAD. Once I started adjusting my eating window I don't wake up sweating anymore. I contributed it to metabolism. And I keep my bedroom temp in the lower 60's (fahrenheit)!

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I'm sorry, as I know that it's not what you want to hear, but as soon as I saw that you were a 37 year old woman, my first thought was peri-menopause. Do you know when the other women in your family first became menopausal? This can help you determine what to expect.

Do you wake up with a jolt? It could be that you are simply waking from a particularly intense of frightening dream.

It could potentially also be sleep apnea, so you may want to get that checked.

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Sigh...peri-menopause sounds SO not fun. My mom died when she was 35 so I can't ask her. Don't have any grandparents left. Going to track it to see if it follows my cycle in any way. Thanks!

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I am seconding Simibee, sorry, peri-menopause sounds very possible. Thirty-seven is a little early, but not drastically so. BUT, this is also VERY characteristic of sleep apnea, so if you have any of the other symptoms - especially daytime sleepiness - then definitely consider asking your doctor about that.

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81de74972cbc192f208457390b888e89

on March 25, 2013
at 01:12 PM

I am 35 & have hot episodes thru the day but then when I go to bed its like my furnace kicks on & it's so bad I run my husband out of bed almost always! I wake up very hot & clammy or like last night my hair was wet & my tshirt was too :( Sometimes I wake up 2-3 times a night because I'm hot. I keep my bedroom at about 67. I'm at a loss for a reason but my husband says I've been hot like this as long as we've been together (10yrs).

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:49 AM

I had terrible night sweats for months about 10 years before I finally went through the menopause. At the time I was eating SAD and tried various supplements. The one that worked for me maca powder, it helps regulate hormones. Non-paleo I guess.

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on February 11, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Jessica,

Am curious if you are supplementing vitamin D3, if so in what form (capsules vs.drops) and with or without A and/or K2? ( or with cod liver oil)?

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on January 29, 2011
at 06:15 AM

I had this too. At first, I thought it was some kind of perimenopause thing. I found that it's easier to deal with on cold nights as the cold air combated the boiling hot feeling. It started when I was about 30 and I had it for 10 years. I also would feel very tired the morning after it happened. I could never find a pattern. However, I got rid of almost all of it by taking about 400 mg daily of high quality magnesium supplements (NOT the oxide version). It rarely happens now and when it does, it's very light, ie only a little hot feeling, instead of before when it felt like 120 degrees F when it happened.

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on January 29, 2011
at 04:27 AM

I was doing the same thing..turned out to be something with liquid sugar.As soon as I quit drinking soda,fruit juice,and tea/coffee with honey, it stopped.

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on January 28, 2011
at 08:20 PM

This has happened to me too. My theory was I was going to bed in a very cold room so I wore sweatpants and my bedding is super warm. I am thinking I went to sleep cold but got very hot in the night due to too much bedding/clothing.

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Night sweats can result from infections... tuberculosis (sp?), AIDs and Chlamydia are 3 conditions that come to mind but there are many others.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Wow, Steve. Way to throw out the scary ones! Just googling I found a list of 226 reasons to have night sweats on wrongdiagnosis.com so please OP, don't get too worried as long as you feel well.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on January 28, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Steve's answer may be scary, but emphasizes that a medical evaluation may be in order. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is another cause of night sweats.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:26 PM

salicylate intolerance not scary, just a PITA

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21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Ever since my husband and I became paleo that we both need it to be cooler/cold when we go to sleep otherwise we are burning up. I have noticed when we have "cheat" meals or extra fruit we might be a bit sweaty at night.

I'm kind of worried that it might be your thyroid. Do you have other symptoms? Have you had that checked?

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C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

on January 28, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I can't speak for anyone but myself and being a 32 year old male this might be way of but here goes.

I have a few periods every year when I wake up drenched in sweat for no apparent reason. Right now I am having a cold period meaning I wake up from being cold (not sweaty). For me I think it's just some random coincidence. I base this on personal experience with having "conditions" for periods of time. Like some period I am extremely tired, some period I wake up sweaty in the middle of the night. One period I might be feeling terrific and energized. It's not daily or weekly for me it's usually longer than that but not as long as a month.

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Medium avatar

on January 28, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Well, whatever you do, don't take HRT, as it dramatically increases cancer risk.

I guess you could hope that it's due to a warmer body temperature that is occurring as a result of greater mitochondrial activity in concert with a higher saturated fat intake. I am a lot warmer in general as a result of the change. If I were to set the temperature at the same level as I did before and use the same number of blankets, I'd be waking up drenched as well.

03d5a967b935e1e8ef202f313467878f

(485)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:10 PM

As we speak I have been feeling like I am running hot all day. BUT, that doesn't mean I am hot. In fact, I am frequently cold, especially my hands and feet. I think it is possible to run hot but still be cold, if that makes any sense!

C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

(159)

on January 28, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Yeah, I have that too. Eating "right" increases my body temperature noticeably.

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