Waking at night in a sweat?

I am 55 and post menopausal as far as I know. I wake up at night at least once, sweating upper torso and groin area. I also feel a panicy( like an adrenalin surge) but I usually fall asleep quite quickly again. I take 1 Isocort before bedtime and 3 mg melatonin or I cant sleep at all. I get what feels like adrenalin surges in the evening starting at about 8 pm. I have read that the sweating could be unstable glucose during the night due to lack of cortisol.Does anyone have any experience of this?


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  • Well I had a night sweat last Monday, the first time in a long long time! I'd like to know why one would get a night sweat too . Horrible isn't it... Wakin up soaked . Let me know if you find out what the cause is :0)

  • First I thought it was menopause and then I thought it was kidney cancer as I had my kidney removed nov last year but it is carrying on so it cant be that. It feels a bit like adrenalin but I dont really know?


  • I think I used to get those rushes early doors of thyroid medication but I don't get them at all now. Perhaps it's an adrenal issue..... But what cause I don't know. Lets be detectives on this one.... Lol

  • I have these too. They are worse when my levels are too low but also after an increase for a few days and again if too high. Hoping one day my levels may be right and they will go!

  • Yes I get them a lot. I'm 62 and have had them off and on (more on than off) since the menopause. I have adrenal fatigue and am on T3 only and struggling to raise my dose. Every time I try to raise it a little bit the hot sweats come back. I wake several times during the night and like you feel agitated and wired. Sometimes I can get back to sleep sometimes I'm awake for 2 - 3 hours. It's usually about 3am. I take 9mg melatonin but still find I wake two or three times a night. Dr P who is treating me says as my adrenals recover I will start tolerating the T3 better and things should improve. Roll on the day!

  • I was well past menopause and had the same whilst on levo. I don't anymore, as soon as I stopped T4 and switched to an alternative.

  • I was the same. When I stopped the t4 and went onto t3 the night sweats stopped.

    Jo xx

  • Well Roslin, my quilt is up and down more than a tarts knickers. I'm also 55 and post menopause. I was given Paroxetine which for some reason, and they don't know why, helps people with hot flushes. I think I must be one of the unlucky ones as it isn't doing much for me. I can be awake hours.

    I can be freezing cold, put a thick dressing gown on an a pair of UGGs an 5 minutes later I'm practically stripping off. This can go on all night. When I get hot I am really hot, sweating, red, the whole caboodle.

  • Hi Any hormonal condition can cause night sweats, nasty but not dangerous, However, if they persist it needs checking as can sometimes be more serious. Hormonal, make sure you have TSH, T4 and Free T3 for the thyroid, the post menopausal bloods, ( sweats can go diabetes, you may be overweight but can also be underweight.Especially very cold., then sweats too.

    I hope that has given you some ideas.

    Best wishes,


  • Thanks jackie

    I was putting it down to the kidney cancer but it persisted after the op. But still a bit worrying.

    I have not had post menopausal blood taken but I will ask for it. I am definitely overweight but I don't think that I have diabetes. I will ask for that to be checked as well.


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