There are just so many things that people do not know about fibromyalgia. One of the most mystifying mysteries about the condition is in the way that it affects your body, as well as your body’s internal body temperature. Cold temperature could worsen your symptoms, at the same time, getting overheated can also affect your symptoms. Regulating your body’s internal temperature can be hard and this is why people with fibromyalgia tend to suffer from night sweats.
Night Sweats and Fibromyalgia
In general, there are many things that could trigger night sweats. These triggers usually result in the fluctuation of your body’s internal temperature. One of the most common reasons why people suffer from hot flashes is the hormonal changes due to menopause.
If you have fibromyalgia, you have higher chances of getting night sweats. Unlike night sweats in menopause, night sweats in fibromyalgia is not caused by hormonal changes. The main cause of night sweat in people who have fibromyalgia is usually the body’s inability to regulate its internal temperature.
But then again, it has not been determined exactly why this is happening to those with fibromyalgia. But some doctors suggest that fibromyalgia could affect certain mechanisms of the body that regulate temperature, such as the thyroid glands’ activities.
How to Treat Night Sweats
Night sweats are not really dangerous but they can be annoying especially since they tend to keep you up at night. Not having enough sleep when suffering from fibromyalgia could make your symptoms worse.
There are a few things that you can do to prevent night sweats. First of all, make sure that you are not over bundling when sleeping. Avoid thick quilts and opt for lighter blanket and sheets.
Avoid wearing thick pajamas made of wool. These clothing could trap heat against your skin and could make night sweats worse. It could help if you dress in layers so that you can easily remove the outer layer when you are feeling warm.
Sleep in a comfortable cool temperature. Turn on the air-conditioner in summer or whenever necessary and lower the temperature of the room before you sleep.
Certain pain medications could hinder your body’s ability to regulate your body’s temperature. Avoid taking such medications. Before taking any medication, check the warning labels or talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of night sweats.
Take note that night sweats could also be a sign of some other serious health conditions such as cancer. If you are suffering from excessive sweating at night, make sure to let your doctor know. Your health care provider will be able check if your night sweats are caused by other underlying conditions.