7. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, causing irritation and pain. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain, painful swallowing, and feeling as if a lump is in the throat. Reflux can worsen at night when lying down, causing coughing, laryngitis, asthma, and difficulty sleeping. Additionally, studies have shown that night sweating can be a sign of GERD. In this case, treatment with anti-reflux medications resulted in a decreased incidence of nighttime sweating.
6. Prescription or Over-the-Counter Medications
According to the National Institutes of Health, certain antidepressants are linked with night sweats. Tricyclic antidepressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may both result in excessive nighttime sweating. Anti-diabetic medications are another class of medications that may cause night sweats. Cancer drugs that block certain types of hormones may also have this bothersome side effect. Drugs used to decrease fever, such as aspirin or acetaminophen, may cause nighttime sweating as well.
Hot flashes and night sweats are well-known symptoms of menopause. As a woman experiences changes in her levels of hormones, she may also notice changes in her body’s temperature regulation. This can result in hot flashes, the feelings of flushing and heat that spread through the body. Lifestyle changes that may help prevent night sweats include avoidance of alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine. Wearing cool clothing, maintaining a healthy weight, and indulging in a cool shower before bedtime may also help ease nighttime sweating.