Hyperhidrosis is the technical name for excessive sweating. It can occur all over the body or in just one spot on the body. There are so many factors that cause uncontrollable sweating. It could be a reaction to feelings of excitement or anxiety. It could be the symptom of a number of ailments affecting any body part. The amount of causes is so broad that hyperhidrosis can be divided into categories. One such type is sleep hyperhidrosis, more often referred to as night sweats. This condition can itself be divided into subcategories depending on who has it and what is causing it.
Excessive sweating occurs in both genders for reasons unique to them. The condition for women is mostly due to hormonal imbalances caused by menopause or pregnancy. However, night sweats in men encompass a broader range of conditions. The sweating could be the result of stress, which can be caused by any number of things. It could come from various foods eaten earlier that day. Red meat and certain spices have been attributed to the condition. It also obviously occurs with age. As men get older, they produce less testosterone. Compulsive night sweating can be result of the body reacting to this hormonal imbalance. More gravely, it could also be a symptom of any number of illnesses, from hypoglycemia to certain cancers. It can even be a sign of the presence of AIDS.
Sweating is a good thing. It helps to regulate body temperature by cooling it down, stopping any chance for it to overheat. It also removes toxins from the body. Sweating at night can go away on its own. However, sleep hyperhidrosis is a serious matter. It can be the result of many illnesses and can lead to other problems, like lack of sleep. Constant night sweats need to be addressed by a physician for the root cause to be treated.