However, if your bedroom is unusually hot or you are using too many bedclothes, you may begin to sweat during sleep and this is normal.
There are many different causes of night sweats.
To determine what is causing night sweats in a particular patient, a detailed medical history and tests are recommended to decide if an underlying medical condition is responsible for the night sweats.
CAUSES MIGHT BE
>Night sweats are an early symptom of some cancers. The most common type of cancer associated with night sweats is lymphoma.
>Antidepressant medications are a common type of medication that can lead to night sweats. All types of antidepressants including tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and the newer agents, venlafaxine (Effexor) and bupropion (Wellbutrin) can cause night sweats as a side effect.
>Medicine taken to lower fever (antipyretics) such as aspirin and acetaminophen can sometimes lead to sweating.
>Some types of drugs can cause flushing (redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks and neck), which, as mentioned above, may be confused with night sweats,such as niacin ,tamoxifen ,.. cortisone, prednisone, and prednisolone, may also be associated with flushing or night sweats
> low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) levels can cause sweating. People who are taking insulin or oral anti-diabetic medications may experience hypoglycemia at night that is accompanied by sweating.
>hyperthyroidism (excessive levels of thyroid hormones).
>carcinoid syndrome (overproduction of certain hormones by tumors of the lung or gastrointestinal system)
>pheochromocytoma (a type of adrenal gland tumor that overproduces hormones known as catecholamines)
>Uncommonly, neurologic conditions may cause increased sweating
The treatment for night sweats depends upon the underlying cause.
In summary, night sweats are usually a harmless annoyance, however, they are sometimes a sign of an underlying medical condition. So if you had an unexplained night sweats you should check with a doctor for further investigation for proper diagnosis .