There are 25,172,000 men between the ages of forty and fifty-two
in the US who have reported symptoms, such as hot flashes,
that doctors associate with the
passage called male menopause, or Andropause. Worldwide, the number
of male menopausal subjects is 408 million - which is why there is a
need to understand the changes, causes and treatment of these
symptoms linked with it, including sleep disorders, night
sweats and excessive
Doctors investigating the biological evidence for male menopause
find that it is not merely a psychological condition, like mid-life
crisis or a physiological sign of aging, but a phenomenon that every
man experiences to some degree and undergoes various symptoms. We’ll
try to explain the symptoms of night sweats and hot flashes that men
go through during Andropause here.
Overview of Male Menopause and Side Effects of Night Sweats and Hot
Male menopause is a physical condition with emotional consequences
and Andropause is said to have set in when men experience a decrease
in androgen production. It is also termed PADAM, or Partial Androgen
Deficiency of the aging male and can effect the sexual drive
inherent in that process. It usually occurs during the 50s, but can
start as early as the late 30s or as late as the 60s.
Symptoms of Andropause occur to apparently healthy men also as they
lose small amounts of testosterone gradually, but typically retain
levels within the broad normal range. So, occasional insomnia, night
sweats and hot flashes often accompany Andropause in few men, much
akin to the symptoms that women go through during Andropause.
Raising Awareness Levels about Andropause: Night Sweats and Hot
Contrary to popular belief, sweating at night is not really a sleep
disorder, but there is no doubt that waking up with night clothes
and bedding soaked with perspiration does disturb your night time
slumber. This is a common symptom of Andropause and many Andropausal
men report that due to excessive sweating, they wake up to find
their bedding damp and clammy.
The causes of night sweats are closely linked with Andropause, or
Method of Diagnosing Night Sweats
Personal observation - if you wake up at night with bedding and
nightclothes damp with sweat, then you have likely had a night
What You Need To Know
Determining the cause of your night sweats is the first step toward
treating it. Consult your doctor to be sure that the cause of your
excessive night sweats is due to Andropause and not any other
Treating Night Sweats and Hot Flashes: Andropause Aids
If you are going through Andropause and suffer from hot flashes,
excessive sweating at night, it can disturb your sleep and alter
your moods. A change of lifestyle may be called for, especially if
these symptoms occur frequently and cause you discomfort.
Try to exercise regularly as this helps normal body functioning, and
avoid alcohol and spicy foods. Change your damp bedclothes to avoid
another attack of night sweats. Instead, have a cold drink - water,
fruit juice or milk.
Talk to your doctor about any medications you're taking to see if
they could be the cause.
Keep your sleeping area cool, by leaving the window open or using
the air conditioning with minimum humidity.
A cold shower or sponge bath, before bed, might prevent an attack of
However, do not get panic. Andropause is a natural phenomenon that
can be treated with medications and alternative therapies.
Information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is
not intended as medical advice.
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