People who suffer from cold sweats at night while sleeping are often awakened because of feelings of discomfort. Medically known as diaphoresis, a person having cold sweats at night will have the palms of the hands, feet or underarms damp to wet with excessive perspiration.A person’s bed clothes may become damp or their bedding wet with perspiration. Their skin can feel moist and clammy and may feel cool or cold to the touch.
If your cold sweats at night are not caused by your bedroom being too hot, or using too many blankets, then your waking up a night in a cold sweat could be caused by a fairly minor inconvenience or affliction or you could be dead by this time tomorrow. Too close to call really.
Oh, lighten up.
Your body normally sweats to keep cool, but if it occurs at night occasionally, then there is usually no cause for concern. Stress and anxiety are often the root cause. If you suffer from other complications or have other symptoms you may not associate with your cold sweats at night, or your cold sweats happen regularly, then you should consult your doctor as there may be an underlying medical cause.
There may be other symptoms that occur at the same time as your cold sweats at night and they may indicate an underlying medical condition. If you are having any of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
Other Symptoms That May Accompany Cold Sweats at Night Include:
- Pale skin
- Aches and pains
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
The most often cause of cold sweats at night is daytime stress that is affecting your sleep. Worry and anxiety and even having a nightmare can cause cold sweats while sleeping.
Some Medical Causes of Cold Sweats at Night:
- About to have a heart attack (may be accompanies by shortness of breath or chest pains -angina)
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Blood infection (septic shock)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
- Heat exhaustion
- Bacterial infection
- Early sign of lymphoma
- Medications like aspirin, Viagra or cortisone
- Kidney stones
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
See a doctor so they can evaluate all of your symptoms, especially if cold sweats occur frequently. It is necessary to treat the underlying medical condition as cold sweats at night are a sign that something else may be wrong.
Have you ever had cold sweats at night? What did you do? Leave a comment below.
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