The occurrence of sweating during sleep in men is an unpleasant sign and cause for concern. If such a symptom occurs frequently and causes discomfort, you need to find out the reasons and begin to act.
The main symptom will be sweat, synthesized by sweat glands and protruding on the skin surface in the form of perspiration or drops. The strongest sweating is characterized by increased volumes of fluid, and it can flow in the body in streams, abundantly moisten clothes and bed linen.
Sweat can have an unpleasant odor, due to the active reproduction of pathogenic microorganisms and the presence in the liquid of certain substances that are unpleasantly smelling initially or reacting with the environment and changing properties. The color of the liquid may differ from the transparent: it often leaves yellowish traces on things. The whole body can sweat at once or separate parts of it. Most often, the symptom affects such areas as the head, neck, armpits, back, feet and palms, torso.
Increased sweating is not the only symptom, the occurrence of concomitants is likely. Possible signs: anxious, restless and superficial sleep, insomnia, significant discomfort, feeling of heat, increased nervous irritability, weakness, unfounded fears. These manifestations may go unnoticed by the person himself asleep, but they will most likely be observed by a person who is nearby at night, for example, a spouse or a child sleeping in the same room.
Possible causes of night sweats in men
Why do men sweat badly at night? Sweat can and should stand out, but normally it starts performing in the daytime during wakefulness at elevated temperatures, intense physical exertion, stresses and the influence of other factors. If it appears spontaneously and mostly at night, then this should be considered a deviation. The possible causes of the problem are discussed below.
The influence of external and internal factors
Sweating during sleep in men can be caused by the influence on the body and the processes and reactions in it of internal and external factors. These include:
- The obvious and frequent cause of sweating is a banal overheating. It arises due to an increase in the temperature in the room, closed windows and a lack of fresh air, the use of an overly warm blanket, and putting on pajamas made of thick or synthetic materials.
- If a man consumes alcohol, then it is he who can trigger increased sweating. Alcohol accelerates blood circulation, and in excessive quantities it causes abstinence and intoxication, in which the body will seek to cleanse itself of harmful substances and bring them along with the liquid. Some people believe that an alcoholic can face such problems, but even the harmless habit of drinking two or three bottles of beer in the evening after work affects the health and performance of the body.
- Other bad habits, for example, smoking. Tobacco smoke and other harmful components of cigarettes impair the functioning of the lungs, reduce their volume, negatively affect respiratory functions and cause sore throat. Dry cough and dyspnea smoker can cause hyperhidrosis, including at night.
- Most men do not follow the diet and eat properly. Overeating at night, eating heavy, fatty, spicy foods before bedtime – all this causes the gastrointestinal tract to work in an accelerated mode and experience increased exertion, which causes the digestive organs and the whole body to tense up, which is accompanied by sweating. And spicy food helps to speed up blood circulation.
- Overweight is affected by many males, especially those who have a sedentary lifestyle and are malnourished. And those extra pounds become a serious burden for the body, forcing it to work wear and over-exert.
- Sweat can be abundantly released by the use of narcotic or other prohibited substances.
If the husband is sweating heavily and often in a dream, then the wife will probably worry about this, and for good reason. Sometimes a symptom signals a health problem. Increased sweating is observed with the following deviations:
- Excessive sweating accompanied by many infectious diseases. Men are diagnosed with tuberculosis, hepatitis, and increase the risk of their development in prisons and contacts with sick people.
- Sweat often occurs with acute respiratory viral infections and flu, especially if there is an increase in body temperature and fever, accompanied by fever. Together with the fluid, the body tries to eliminate toxins.
- Hormonal disorders. Often sweating begins in adolescence or adolescence – during the period of hormonal changes. In this case, the symptom is caused by physiological changes and, after stabilization of the background and the end of puberty, disappears on its own and does not require treatment. But disruptions can occur in adulthood due to concomitant diseases of the sexual sphere (for example, prostatitis), and an unhealthy lifestyle.
- Mature men over 40-50 years of age often suffer from cardiovascular diseases. And since the representatives of the stronger sex for the most part do not pay enough attention to health, the situation starts and worsens, and the diseases become chronic and cause a number of obvious and unpleasant symptoms. Increased sweating may signal ischemia, heart failure, angina pectoris.
- If perspiration occurs constantly and interferes with normal sleep and life, it may be associated with endocrine disorders. In men, they are observed less frequently than in women, but representatives of the stronger sex are exposed to such diseases as thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus, and hyperthyroidism. With these ailments, cold sweat is often observed, accompanied by a general deterioration of the condition, weight changes, and mood swings.
- Mental illness, which, according to statistics, the male half of the population is exposed to a greater extent. These include schizophrenia, neurasthenia, neurosis, depression. Often the disease occur in a latent form, but periodically there are exacerbations, the peaks of which occur in the offseason.
- Diseases of the nervous system: epilepsy, neurocirculatory or vascular dystonia. The latter is more common in women, but the male half of humanity is prone to this disease.
- If at night the head of men sweats heavily, breathing problems can cause this, for example, stopping it – apnea. In men, they are observed more often than in women, and are accompanied by the cessation of respiratory activity for a few seconds. The resulting acute lack of oxygen – severe stress for the body, causing profuse sweating.
- Oncological diseases. These include both purely male (prostate or testicular cancer), and affecting both sexes. Selection of sweat, in the first place, accompanied by lymphoma – localized in the lymphatic system of the tumor.
- Age-related changes or the so-called male menopause is a physiological process caused by the aging of the body, accompanied by changes in the functioning of the reproductive system and other important organs. In this condition, which usually occurs in men older than 45-50 years old, the level of the male sex hormone decreases, and the production and viability of sperm cells decrease. There is a serious hormonal adjustment, which is accompanied by symptoms such as hot flashes, feeling hot or, on the contrary, cold (usually in the extremities), changes in heart rhythm, short temper, irritability, irritability, and sweating, which may increase during the night or during the day.
- Men face kidney disease, which increases the risk of developing alcohol abuse. These bodies start to malfunction and do not have time to remove excess fluid, and it goes in the form of sweat.
Find out the causes of sweating and make a diagnosis can a doctor after analyzing the history and examination. He will interview the patient to determine the symptoms and features of the manifestations. It is important to remember everything that can help in the diagnosis: at what time sweat is intensely released, what events or signs precede it, is there hyperhidrosis during the day, are there any other unpleasant manifestations.
Examination may include ultrasound examinations of various organs, blood tests (for hormones, infections), x-rays, computed or magnetic resonance imaging, ECG.
How to solve a problem
If sweating is caused by a disease, then treatment should be initiated by a specialist, which will depend on the specific causes of the symptom. When hormonal and endocrine disorders may be recommended hormone therapy. For mental or nervous diseases, sedatives, antidepressants, and relaxants are used. Antibiotics or antivirals are used to treat infections in medical practice, depending on the nature and causes of the disease.
To eliminate night sweats, symptomatic treatment is prescribed. Deodorants or antiperspirants, gels and creams used for hyperhidrosis can reduce sweating. It is important to choose bedding and seasonally appropriate clothing made of breathable, evaporating moisture and natural fabrics: cotton, flax.
Personal hygiene rules must be observed: regular change of linen, daily shower at bedtime. Also, maintain a comfortable microclimate in the bedroom: air it in the evening, do not use heaters unnecessarily, leave windows open during the warm season, turn on the split-system or air conditioning in hot summer.
If a man began to sweat in his sleep, it should be alerted and become a reason for going to the doctor. The causes of hyperhidrosis can be different, and there are serious ones among them, so you need to treat your health responsibly and eliminate the deviations in time.