I've been waking up in extremely sweaty, sheets wet, and questioning what had happened during the night. Telling some friends, one responded that I should go see a doctor since it was serious and another said it happened to him, but it was nothing. Was it because I moved from Maine to Florida recently and my body was adjusting to the tropics?
A recent article at Men'sHealth.com shed some light on my concern, but was it a good light?
In a literature review published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Mold and his colleagues revealed that several factors increase the likelihood of night sweats, including panic attacks, sleep problems, fever, numbness in hands and feet, anxiety and stress, and trouble breathing at night. – MENSHEALTH.COM
Well crap. Trouble breathing at night doesn't sound too fun, but is that as bad as it could get?
The worst case: Night sweats could indicate a serious problem. Dr. Mold’s study review suggests that they can be a symptom of autoimmune diseases, heart problems, endocrine disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, HIV, tuberculosis, certain cancers, sleep apnea, and panic disorders. – MENSHEALTH.COM
So yeah, that just got scary. Thanks for the information, but it looks like I will need to seek real medical advice. On a somewhat positive note, I've had some numbness in my hands, kinda carpal tunnel-ish, which I had before due to working in a lumber mill. That's a better diagnosis than some of the other options.
At any rate, it sounds like if you have night sweats, you should tell your doctor, which is what I will be doing very soon.
If you would like to read more of the Men's Health article, go here.