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8 Things These Sleep Disorders Could Be Saying About Your Health

Reader's Digest Logo By Michael J. Breus, PhD, DABSM of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8:  Wondering why you're sweating during sleep? Here are seven possibilities. Night sweats can be a sign of several health conditions, ranging from mild to serious. Occasional night sweats can be a symptom of stress and anxiety or even a reaction to a very active dream or nightmare. Hormonal imbalances in the body can result in sweating at night, as can gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD. Or it might be your body's way of alerting you to an infection. And night sweats can be a symptom of some cancers, including lymphoma and leukemia. Or your room may just be too hot.Don't overlook the temperature of your sleep environment. (Here are some simple ways to keep your bedroom comfortable.) If you're sleeping in a cool environment and still experiencing night sweats routinely, talk about this symptom with your doctor.

Night sweats

Difficulty with sleep sometimes means more than restless nights and tired days. Michael Breus, PhD, a.k.a. The Sleep Doctor, discusses common sleep issues and the health conditions they can signal.

Wondering why you're sweating during sleep? Here are seven possibilities. Night sweats can be a sign of several health conditions, ranging from mild to serious. Occasional night sweats can be a symptom of stress and anxiety or even a reaction to a very active dream or nightmare. Hormonal imbalances in the body can result in sweating at night, as can gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD. Or it might be your body's way of alerting you to an infection. And night sweats can be a symptom of some cancers, including lymphoma and leukemia. Or your room may just be too hot.

Don't overlook the temperature of your sleep environment. If you're sleeping in a cool environment and still experiencing night sweats routinely, talk about this symptom with your doctor.

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