In a woman between 50 and 60 years of age, the menopause is the most common cause of excessive sweating and night sweats. However, there are other causes such as Hypoglycaemia or Glandular fever. Fortunately, our menopause expert Eileen Durward is on hand to determine other causes of night-sweats and offer practical advice about what you can do to help yourself.
Some people have a tendency to sweat more than others. This condition, known as hyperhydrosis, tends to affect men more than women and occurs both during the day and at night.
It is difficult to determine when ‘sweating more easily’ crosses the line to a medical condition. Hyperhydrosis does not pose a threat to health but can be embarrassing, leading to loss of confidence, especially in social situations.
There are a number of ways in which your doctor may treat hyperhydrosis ranging from prescribed drugs to the use of surgery to remove sweat glands. Alternatively, the herb sage (Salvia officinalis) has been used in the past to help with excessive sweating in both men and women.
This is when blood sugar levels go down in diabetics dependent on insulin. An episode of hypoglycaemia or ‘low blood sugar’ can arise because of a missed meal, poor diabetic control, lifestyle changes, illness or infection.
Symptoms include confusion and sweating. As we do not eat whilst we are sleeping, hypoglycaemic attacks can be more frequent during the night.
There are a wide variety of other health conditions which may give rise to night sweats and these include:
Hyperthyroidism. An overactive thyroid gland which produces too much thyroid hormone (thyroxine)
Sleep apnoea. This a sleep disorder which leads to uneven or interrupted breathing whilst asleep. It is more common in those who are overweight and who snore
Fibromyalgia. This is a complex problem with many symptoms including painful muscles, tiredness and difficulty sleeping. For many, the underlying cause might be a lingering viral infection and this might explain why night sweats may be experienced.
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You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.