From the September/October 2006 edition of the Annals of Family Medicine:  Nights sweats very common and associated with a number of other sleep disturbances finds this study of patients in 10 primary care physicians’ offices. Of the 363 patients interviewed, 34 percent reported night sweats, half of whom reported saturating their bed clothes. Night sweats were associated with daytime tiredness, waking up with a bitter taste in the mouth, legs jerking during sleep and waking with pain in the night. These findings, the authors assert, may begin to identify a syndrome of coexisting sleep problems and physicians should consider asking about sleep quality and sleep-related symptoms when patients report night sweats. Associations Between Night Sweats and Other Sleep Disturbances: An OKPRN Study By James W. Mold, M.D., M.P.H., et al.

Editor’s note:  Complicating the evaluation of night sweats is the fact that they can occur as a side effect of treatment with common SSRI antidepressants, and perhaps slightly more often with the antidepressant venlafaxine.  Of course, night sweats and daytime sweating can also be a result of withdrawal from certain abusable or addictive substances.

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