Night sweats are episodes of excessive perspiration while sleeping or in bed at night, even if the surrounding temperature is not particularly hot. They can be triggered by illness, certain medications, menopause or hormonal imbalances, though some researchers have recently linked the occurrence of night sweats with changes in metabolism.
Do you or someone you love suffers from night sweats? Your metabolism may indeed be to blame. Here, we examine the link between night sweats and metabolism.
Metabolism: An Overview
Metabolism describes all of the physical and chemical processes involved in your body breaking down and using energy. Although most people associate metabolisms with diet and fitness, it also includes blood circulation, breathing, muscle contraction, nerve function, brain function and body temperature regulation.
There are several known ways to naturally boost your metabolism, including:
- Strength training: Physical activity not only boosts the number of calories burned per day, but strength training builds up muscle mass, and the more the muscle mass, the greater the metabolic rate.
- HIIT training: Quick, short bursts of high-intensity exercise have been proven to help boost the metabolism at a greater rate than slow, steady cardio.
- Particular foods: Certain foods are known to be good for improving metabolism. These include apples, beans, broccolis, nuts, grapefruit and oatmeal. This is largely because they promote feelings of satiety, as they are digested slowly. Other foods that are famous for their metabolism-boosting properties include fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, herring, and tuna), which help blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
- Green tea: Regular consumption of green tea and its active ingredient, catechin, may crank up metabolism, according to several studies.
- Not skipping meals: One of the worst things you can do for your metabolism is starve the body of nutrients it needs, especially breakfast.
The Link Between Metabolism And Night Sweats
Conditions that alter your metabolism can interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature and cause night sweats. And indeed, increased metabolism is one of the major and most common causes of night sweats for people who have just started a new workout regime.
Individuals who have an increased metabolism may find themselves waking up in the middle of the night with their bedclothes soaked in sweat, even though the room temperature may be normal. This is because the increased metabolic rate activates and sustains the calorie burning functions of the body, even while it is resting.
The uncomfortable sensation of profuse sweating can be controlled and minimized by wearing clothes made of wicking fabric which helps to absorb moisture from the body and keeps the skin dry. Opt for cotton bed sheets as cotton is effective at absorbing moisture.
And don’t worry: Once your body gets used to its new resting state, the night sweats should go away.
If you have been engaging in regular physical exercise and healthy dietary plans, then your night sweats may be a result of your increased metabolism. If you feel, however, that your night sweats cannot be explained by exercise or dietary changes, refer to your health practitioner for medical advice. Hyperthyroidism, menopause, pheochromocytoma and several bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, brucellosis, endocarditis and osteomyelitis, may all cause night sweats, so be sure to refer to your health practitioner to rule these possibilities out.