Night sweats have been researched for women in depth due to it being so common with menopausal patients. For men, not much research has been done to determine what the actual causes of night sweats are. There is still a sufficient amount of information available to get a good idea on what may be causing night sweats for you.
What Are Night Sweats?
Night sweats are sometimes called sleep hyperhidrosis, or hyperhidrosis. It is a term that refers to an excess of perspiration while sleeping. Perspiring is a natural bodily process that is required for the body to maintain a cool temperature. However, the technical aspect of what causes the body to perspire while in a deep sleep are much different than what causes the body to perspire while awake.
Who Is At Risk of Night Sweats?
First off, it is important to know that sleep hyperhidrosis is just as common for men as it is for women. While it may be more common with menopausal women then it is with men of the same age group, in general it is a health issue that affects both genders equally. Men may experience andropause so older men are still at a relatively high risk of experiencing night sweats as well. Older men (40 years of age or higher) are at a higher risk of experiencing hyperhidrosis than younger men (below 40 years of age). Also, it is important to know that there are many different causes including psychological and physical causes that may explain why you experience night sweats.
What Causes Night Sweats in Men?
If the body becomes confused on the state of the hypothalamus then night sweats may be experienced in men. The hypothalamus is basically the thermostat for the human body. It is found within the brain but is capable of regulating the full body temperature. It sends signals throughout the body for quick response to an increase or decrease in the body’s temperature. This allows your body to react to temperature changes to prevent the body from overheating or freezing. For instance, if it becomes too hot, the hypothalamus will direct the body to perspire to help it cool off slightly.
What Causes the Hypothalamus to Get Confused?
There are many possible causes of a confused hypothalamus. Many foods, supplements, hormones, and diseases can have an affect on how accurate the hypothalamus is. While these variables may not directly affect the functionality of the hypothalamus they can still directly affect the norepinephrine chemical found in the brain. If this chemical is affected then it will have a direct effect on the hypothalamus and therefore it will cause the body’s thermostat to be off balance. The end result of this could be experiencing night sweats.
Foods That Influence Night Sweats in Men
Men are more likely to experience night sweats if they eat foods such as red meats, onions, garlic, and anything that has a high capsaicin content. Any alcoholic beverages can also influence night sweats to occur in men. As alcohol is considered a poison by the body it will be sweated out in an attempt to naturally detoxify the body of it so experiencing night sweats is not uncommon in men that consume alcohol in any amounts.
Medication That Influences Night Sweats in Men
There are many different medications that may have an influence on the possibility of night sweats being experienced by men. However, the most common type of medicine that could cause night sweats in men would be anti-depressants. It may be difficult to determine whether the night sweats are actually being caused by the medication or by the condition that is being treated by the medication though.
Other Influences of Night Sweats in Men
If you are experiencing an infection or abcess then you may experience night sweats as well. It is common for infections (especially bacterial and viral) to be exposed and removed through perspiration. Also, medical conditions such as tuberculosis, AIDS, and lymphoma may influence the chances of night sweats being experienced in men.
If you are a man that experiences night sweats then you may want to determine what the actual cause may be. However, you should not get too worried about the issue as it is often caused by insignificant problems. In most cases, night sweats will not signify a serious health issue. It would still be recommended for you to figure out what is causing the night sweats though as you may be able to prevent them or diagnose a more serious health issue. Lastly, if you are experiencing severe sleep hyperhidrosis then it would be essential that you visit your doctor about it as it can have serious health affects and it may be a sign of a very serious health problem.