Sweating is a normal part of the body’s temperature regulation system, so it’s not uncommon for the body to sweat during the day or at night. Night sweats, or excessive nighttime sweating, however, aren’t caused by a change in bedroom temperature or your choice of bedding. They’re caused by physiological processes or underlying health conditions. The severity of night sweats can vary but are often described as severe enough to soak through the bedding.
Causes of night sweats in men
Low Testosterone (Low T) is the most common cause of night sweats in men. Low T levels trick the hypothalamus into thinking the body is overheated. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that’s responsible for regulating your body’s temperature. If the hypothalamus believes the core body temperature is too high, it tells your blood vessels to dilate and your sweat glands to produce sweat to help cool you off. Approximately 40% of men aged 45 and older experience Low T. However, there are several other reasons they may occur, such as:
- Anxiety or stress
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating that’s not related to stress or exercise)
- Sleep apnea
If you’re experiencing night sweats as well as muscle weakness, fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), memory problems, anxiety, or depression, you should talk to one of the SynergenX providers about Low T.
Tips to reduce night sweats
If you struggle with night sweats, here are a few things you can do to help you sleep more comfortably:
- Keep cool
Although night sweats may occur regardless of the temperature, you can help reduce sweating by lowering the temperature of your bedroom and using a breathable bedding material like cotton or linen.
- Wear comfortable clothing
Wear loose-fitting pajamas made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, like cotton. This will help sweat evaporate from your body more quickly; helping you stay cooler.
- Use relaxation techniques
Stress and anxiety can worsen night sweats. Relaxation techniques like meditation or breathing exercises may be helpful for both coping with and reducing the severity of night sweats.
- Avoid dietary triggers
Alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods can all affect your internal temperature. Try avoiding these types of foods at night to reduce your night sweats.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Body fat insulates the body and raises its core temperature. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of experiencing night sweats.
Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy stop night sweats?
If you think you’re experiencing night sweats due to Low T, talk to one of the skilled medical and wellness professionals at SynergenX. We’ll perform a comprehensive health assessment including blood tests that look at your testosterone levels. If your bloodwork confirms Low T, we will talk to you about the benefits of beginning a testosterone replacement therapy that’s tailored to your individual needs. Unlike most Low T centers, SynergenX continually and actively monitors your hormone levels and adjusts treatment and dosages as needed to optimize the health benefits and minimize the risks. This technique may help you overcome night sweats and symptoms of Low T as well as boost your overall confidence and sense of self.
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