How to Alleviate Night Sweats


Acupressure DIY at Home

Night Sweats, also known as Sleep hyperhidrosis, is a common condition that describes the excessive sweating at night during sleep. In women over the age of forty, the most common cause for night sweats is hormonal changes related to primenopause and menopause. However, there are many other things that may cause night sweats such as medications or underlying medical conditions and not just occurrences associated with external causes like the environment or too many thick covers on the bed.

Conditions that may cause Night Sweats include:

  • Menopause
  • Hormone Disorders
  • Infections such as TB or bacterial infections such as osteomyelitis, and abscesses.
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Medications: such as cortisone, antidepressant medications, and antipyretics such as aspirin or acetaminophen, etc.
  • Cancers: Night sweats can be an early symptom in some cancers.
  • Idiopathic hyperhidrosis

Although night sweats are generally a harmless annoyance, they still can be a sign or secondary symptom of a more serious underlying condition. Always see your primary health care physician and seek medical attention if you experience any unexplained night sweats.

Acupressure DIY:
These Acupressure points should be stimulated with moderate pressure and should be stimulated frequently throughout the day! Stimulate each point with your thumb and/or index finger for at least a minute before moving on to the next point!

Night Sweats

Try Massaging the Acupressure Points Below to Help Alleviate Night Sweats.

  • SI 3 (Hou Xi) : This point is located on the ulnar side of the hand, when a loose fist is made, proximal to the 5th metacarpophalangeal joint, at the top of the transverse crease and the border of the red and white skin.
  • HT 6 (Yin Xi) : This point is located on the palmar aspect of the forearm, on the radial border of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, 0.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist.
  • KD 7 (Fu Liu) : This point is located on the medial aspect of the lower leg, 2 cun above KD 3 (Tai Xi), anterior to the Achilles tendon.

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Night SweatsDisclaimer: This information is intended as a patient education resource only and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem as it is not a substitute for expert professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your health care provider.

*A Cun is the traditional Chinese unit of length. The measurement of 1 cun is the width of the thumb at the knuckle.

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