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I never sleep more than 4 hours at a time.

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Apart from it affecting my general sense of well-being and seriously disturbing my sleep (I never seem to sleep more than four hours at a time) are there any inherent risks in continuing to have bouts of sweating and a 'body thermostat' that seems permanently out of control? It first became a problem in my 40s and I'm now coming up to 59.

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The answer

Excessive sweating is called Hyperhidrosis. Nocturnal Hyperhidrosis is the name for excessive sweats at night. Causes such as diabetes, menopause, obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity are common causes. There are no particular risks to the symptoms you describe, especially as it has been going on for so many years without developing into something more serious.

It must be very disruptive to your wellbeing and sleep. There is no easy solution. I presume you have tried simple measures, such as lowering the temperature of your bedroom, reducing the thickness of your bed covers and losing weight if you are overweight.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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