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Night Sweats & Eating White Sugar

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author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Night Sweats & Eating White Sugar
A little sugar may help with night sweats if they're due to hypoglycemia. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Night sweats can interfere with your sleep and cause you to wake up feeling cold and wet in the middle of the night. In some cases, eating something sweetened with sugar could either increase or decrease your risk for night sweats, but in most cases it isn't likely to have any effect. Speak with your doctor if you're suffering from night sweats because it could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Night Sweats and Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is one of the potential causes for night sweats. If you suffer from diabetes, especially if you're on insulin or other diabetes medications, check for low blood sugar and treat if necessary if you begin to have issues with night sweats. Untreated hypoglycemia can lead to clumsiness, confusion, fainting, seizures and coma.

Sugar and Hypoglycemia

If you're having night sweats due to hypoglycemia, white sugar could help you stop your night sweats. One of the main treatments for hypoglycemia is to eat or drink something sweet. This could be a tablespoon of honey or sugar, a few pieces of hard candy or 1/2 cup of soda or fruit juice.

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Reactive Hypoglycemia

Limiting white sugar and sugary foods is recommended, however, if you suffer from a condition called reactive hypoglycemia, in which your blood sugar drops too low between two and four hours after you eat a meal. This can cause sweating, shakiness, fatigue, a craving for sweets, blurred vision, fast pulse, headache, nausea and hunger. In this case, you're better off spreading your carbohydrates throughout the day and eating them along with lean protein and small amounts of healthy fats every three to four hours. This will help keep your blood sugar stable and limit your risk for both reactive hypoglycemia and night sweats.

Other Causes of Night Sweats

Most causes of night sweats have no link to sugar. These include taking certain medications, cancer, infections, hormone disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease and menopause. Your doctor can recommend a treatment for your night sweats based on the cause. Sleeping in a room that is too warm, eating hot or spicy foods or beverages late at night and exercising right before bed may also increase your chances of night sweats.

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