Savvapanf Photo/Shutterstock 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.
Snorting or gasping
Snoring is more than an annoyance for sleepers and their bed partners: It is also a sign of sleep-disordered breathing. Even if your noisy breathing doesn’t wake you, it can create micro-arousals—very brief awakenings—that can result in less-than-refreshing sleep. Snoring affects approximately 90 million adults at least occasionally, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Chronic snoring that is loud, and might be accompanied by gasping or snorting, may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s important to talk with your physician about this kind of sleep-disordered breathing. OSA is an under-diagnosed sleep disorder that, left untreated, raises risks for cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions including type 2 diabetes. Changes to lifestyle including losing weight and quitting smoking can help, or check out these other remedies.