As we age, night sweats become increasingly common. They are generally caused by a hormonal imbalance, particularly a drop in testosterone. Although night sweats and hormonal imbalances are particularly common in women — especially during and after menopause – they affect both men and women.
Declining testosterone levels are one of the primary causes of night sweats. These levels decline with age in both males and females, and can cause a variety of symptoms, many of which are far more severe than night sweats. Consequently, anyone experiencing night sweats should see their doctor and confirm that this symptom is not indicative of something more serious.
Other conditions known to cause night sweats include:
- Several types of cancer
- Several cancer therapies, for example chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Anxiety disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Substance abuse
- Severe infections
- Sleep disorders (people with sleep disorders are three times more likely to experience night sweats)
- Certain medications, such as antidepressants
In the previous generation replacement therapy (HRT) was commonly prescribed, particularly for women. Today, the risks associated with HRT have caused doctors to avoid prescribing it routinely.
Luckily, natural, commonsense lifestyle changes can be extremely effective in increasing testosterone levels.
Avoiding alcohol, engaging in physical activity (both aerobic and anaerobic), and maintaining a proper weight have both been shown to naturally increase testosterone levels in the body. In fact, studies show that physical activity affects testosterone levels more dramatically than any other single activity. Sleep also plays a major factor in maintaining healthy testosterone levels.
If night sweats interrupt our ability to sleep, it is important to see our doctors as soon as possible. If the problem is low testosterone, a testosterone patch may offer a temporary solution to the problem. But it comes with a risk. On the other hand, taking proper care of ourselves by exercising, eating a healthful diet, and getting a good night’s sleep provide numerous benefits , not just to our testosterone levels, but also to our general health —and have no negative side effects.
Although we cannot stop the process of aging, and consequently a decline in our testosterone levels, we can take steps to minimize this decline and to maximize our ability to enjoy a full and rich life well into our golden years.
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