While you might be enjoying numerous benefits from finally being free of alcohol and the associated toxins, in the early phases of sobriety (sometimes even months after rehab), you will experience some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
The good news is that alcohol withdrawal is not nearly as painful or debilitating as what you would feel after quitting high risk drugs like cocaine or heroin. The bad news, on the other hand, is that the symptoms will interfere with your routine for a while. In the following guide, we will take a look at one of the occurrences that prevents recovering alcoholics from enjoying a good night’s rest, namely excessive sleep sweating or, the way it’s known in the medical community, sleep hyperhidrosis.
How Sleep Hyperhidrosis Manifests
A person suffering from excessive sleep sweating tends to wake up soaked on several occasions during the night. This unpleasantness occurs frequently in spite of the temperature in the bedroom being within tolerable levels and having proper sheets and pajamas for the season.
Two reasons make sleep hyperhidrosis a general nuisance: the inability to rest properly during the night and the loss of high quantities of fluids. The primary effects of sleep deprivation consist of a seemingly inescapable state of tiredness and drowsiness, the inability to focus on the tasks at hand during the day, and low levels of energy. In conjunction with the symptoms of dehydration – which are pretty similar – the quality of life is severely impacted in patients suffering from excessive sleep sweating.
The Causes of the Condition
Alcohol withdrawal and post acute withdrawal symptoms constitute just two of the main causes for nighttime hyperhidrosis. The condition could also suggest the presence of other illnesses, including infections, HIV, TB, chronic fatigue, PTSD, endocarditis or obstructive apnea.
However, if you’re a recovering addict, then the probability that the hyperhidrosis represents the result of withdrawal is very high. In order to be certain about the roots, consulting a physician and conducting a thorough battery of analyses is recommended.
Dealing With Withdrawal-Related Sleep Hyperhidrosis
The frequency of the nighttime sweating as well as the presence of other worrisome symptoms in conjunction with the aforementioned problems could indicate that you should consult a physician. However, if the hyperhidrosis manifests occasionally, with no distinct pattern and no other symptoms are noticeable, then you’ll simply have to wait for the withdrawal process to end. In the meanwhile, there are certain tricks that can help you reduce the severity of the sweating.
First of all, it is recommended to stay away from beverages with high caffeine contents, particularly in the proximity of your normal bedtime. Studies indicate caffeine tends to trigger and boost sweating in patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. Spicy foods and high intense physical exercises also have these effects.
Secondly, you should affix your bed with thinner sheets, preferably made from 100% cotton rather than synthetic materials like polyester. If you wear pajamas to bed, then opting for cotton over polyester is also recommended.
Lastly, showering before bed could alleviate or even eliminate the night sweating altogether. On a side note, if you’ve just woken up soaking in your own sweat, it would be better to get up, shower and then go back to bad rather than just lie there awake trying to fall back to sleep.
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