What is known about nocturnal sweating in science? How can quantitative measurement of night sweating contribute to medical and scientific purposes? We have carried out a literature review. And whenever we find something related to measurement of night sweating, we add it to this page.

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Night Sweating Science Base

Diversity of scientific articles on night sweats.

Nocturnal Perspiration as a Parameter and Predictor

Science is quite a blank page about nocturnal sweating as an early symptom (prodromal symptoms). What does our body tell us what we don’t know yet? Jolink and Bedrosian carried out a literature review for Q-strip. It shows that nocturnal perspiration is a major symptom in many pathologies. But till this day no specific evidence-based approach for diagnosing nocturnal perspiration (night sweating) exists.

Pathologies with nocturnal perspiration as a major symptom

by A.J. Viera et al., 2003

InfectionsEndocrineMalignancyRheumatologicPsychiatric disordersOther
Human immunodeficiency virusOvarian failure
LymphomaTakayasu’s arteritisDepressionObstructive sleep apnea 

Diabetes mellitus
LeukaemiaTemporal arteritisAnxietyGastroesophageal reflux disease
Mycobacterium avium complex
Endocrine tumours
Other neoplasmChronic fatigue syndrome
Infectious mononucleosis
OrchiectomyGranulomatous disease
Fungal infectionsChronic eosinophilic pneumonia
Lung EndocarditisLymph node hyperplasia
Other infectionDiabetes insipidus
Prinz metal’s angina
Anxiety Pregnancy

Scientific studies about nocturnal sweating

Nocturnal body temperature regulation in man: a rationale for sweating in sleep

by Geschikter et al, 1966

Sweating during night sleep

by Okawa et al, 1967

Sweating responses and body temperatures during nocturnal sleep in humans

by Sagot et al, 1987

The relationship between sweating and heart attacks

Sweating: A Specific Predictor of ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Among the Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome.

by Gokhroo et al, 2015

 Presence of sweating with ACS symptoms predicts probability of STEMI. Even before clinical confirmation. Sweating in association with typical or atypical angina is a much better predictor of STEMI than NSTE-ACS.

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