I am trying to figure out why I have started having spells of waking up in the night drenched in sweat. This has never occurred before outside of sickness but has happened off and on for the past few weeks. I am going to start tracking when these episodes occur and hope that some pattern evolves but I would like to know if anyone else experiences this. My diet is currently pretty low in carbs with one cheat day a week and I am exercising no more than 1 hour a week. No signs of illness. 37 yo woman so LORD I hope it's not a sign of peri-menopause. Any thoughts or similar experiences are greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry, as I know that it's not what you want to hear, but as soon as I saw that you were a 37 year old woman, my first thought was peri-menopause. Do you know when the other women in your family first became menopausal? This can help you determine what to expect.
Do you wake up with a jolt? It could be that you are simply waking from a particularly intense of frightening dream.
It could potentially also be sleep apnea, so you may want to get that checked.
When I eat 1-3 hours before bed, after a 20 hour fast or longer, I will sweat BAD. Once I started adjusting my eating window I don't wake up sweating anymore. I contributed it to metabolism. And I keep my bedroom temp in the lower 60's (fahrenheit)!
Sounds like peri-menopause to me. Peri-menopause can be a difficult time for your adrenals and thyroid. Make sure that you're getting enough unrefined salt in your diet to support adrenal function, and also make sure that you are getting enough iodine, too...not just for the sake of your thyroid, but for the health of every cell in your body.
Ack! A lot of the responses on here are scary! I think that you should go in and see your doctor. Peri-menopause is often mis-diagnosed - so be careful with the self-diagnoses. I think that your idea of tracking the epsiosed is a good one. I found for the first month eating paleo I was really hot too especially at night - which was strange for me because I was normally always cold. So it coud be your body just working out some nasties from you old way of eating.
Good luck on finding out!
My husband is type 2 diabetic and sometimes in the middle of the night his glucose level drops a bit low and causes him to sweat. Otherwise I'm not sure what it could be, lots of possibilities I suppose. I'm a 39 year old woman and haven't had issues like this "yet".
Accidental ingestion of corn and gluten cause me to have nightsweats. Typically I will wake suddenly and then start sweating about 1 minute later, up to 4 times per night. I suggest that you also look for patterns in your food intake along with the other suggestions.
I'm a 35-year-old woman and I used to have the same problem. But since I've cut out gluten and sugar, and - most importantly, I think - stopped eating at least three hours before bedtime, it doesn't seem to happen anymore. I vote for metabolism, like Aaron said.
Well, whatever you do, don't take HRT, as it dramatically increases cancer risk.
I guess you could hope that it's due to a warmer body temperature that is occurring as a result of greater mitochondrial activity in concert with a higher saturated fat intake. I am a lot warmer in general as a result of the change. If I were to set the temperature at the same level as I did before and use the same number of blankets, I'd be waking up drenched as well.