Sleep Hyperhidrosis

Last Updated: June 15, 2018

Definition - What does Sleep Hyperhidrosis mean?

Sleep hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating during sleep. Sleep hyperhidrosis can be a symptom of many different underlying conditions. In some instances, an individual may also suffer from excessive sweating when awake. A person does not suffer from sleep hyperhidrosis if the sweating is caused by a normal response to environmental factors such as heavy bedclothes or an overheated room. Instead, sleep hyperhidrosis is an over-reaction of the body's sweat glands. To determine the specific cause of an individual's sleep hyperhidrosis, a medical evaluation may be required. A more common term for sleep hyperhidrosis is night sweats.

WorkplaceTesting explains Sleep Hyperhidrosis

Sleep hyperhidrosis is characterized by overnight sweating so excessive that the sufferer's sleep is disrupted. Often, during an episode of sleep hyperhidrosis, the person's bed sheets or sleepwear become soaked with sweat.Some of the more common causes of sleep hyperhidrosis, or night sweats, include hormonal changes related to menopause, perimenopause, pregnancy, infections, hypoglycemia, and certain cancers. Additionally, some medications and alcohol use can cause sleep hyperhidrosis. Even spicy foods or reflux can trigger sleep hyperhidrosis. Because of the many possible causes, a person suffering from sleep hyperhidrosis may need to undergo a medical examination and testing to rule out a serious underlying medical condition.

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