If your man sweats a lot at night, this is the reason why

If your man sweats a lot at night, this is the reason why

Night sweats are an uncomfortable part of life for many people. Although sweating is a natural part of your body’s temperature control system, night sweats are not triggered by external factors such as the temperature of your bedroom or the type of bedding you wear. On the other hand, excessive night sweats are a result of physiological processes or underlying health problems. Sweating at night can be mild or severe, but is often characterized by perspiration that soaks through the sheets.

It has been suggested that low testosterone levels may contribute to night sweats in men, so hormones may play a role. As their gender influences other aspects of their health, including the way they sleep, men are sometimes more likely to suffer from other conditions that cause night sweats.

It is important for our bodies to maintain a constant temperature, known as the thermoneutral zone. Shivering raises our internal temperature, while sweating cools us down. Men often have a lower heat tolerance than women, but their gender is only one factor in determining their thermoneutral zone.

Thermoneutral zone can be altered by many environmental and physiological factors to cause night sweats, either by narrowing the temperature range or temporarily increasing it, which results in shivering and chills followed by sweating after the thermoneutral zone returns to normal. While some of these triggers are harmless or even linked to healthy lifestyle changes, others are linked to medical conditions that may require treatment.

A doctor is your best resource if you have concerns about night sweats. They can identify underlying medical concerns and give advice on how to manage your symptoms.

1. Low testosterone levels

Male hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone levels in men, can cause night sweats. For a variety of reasons, low testosterone levels affect approximately 38% of men age 45 and older, and even healthy men age 60 and older have a 20% chance of having low testosterone levels. 

There are several causes of male hypogonadism, but the most common ones are primary hypogonadism (a problem with the testes) and secondary hypogonadism (a problem with the region of the brain that controls hormone production).

2. Anxiety and stress

Stress and anxiety make the sweat glands more reactive, so people who are anxious or stressed are more likely to experience night sweats. Anxiety both short- and long-term has these effects, with some studies suggesting that even the stress of trying to answer a math problem can influence sweat gland reactivity.

In addition, men are less likely than women to report or seek mental health care, despite the fact that women are almost twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders. Stress manifests itself in different ways for men and women, with women having more emotional responses such as melancholy and men showing more physical symptoms such as diastolic blood pressure variations. In contrast, male and female responses to stress are more similar than different.


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