Sleep Apnea Neck Sweat – What Does This Mean?

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If you’ve ever woken up with a neck that was dripping in sweat, you may be living with sleep apnea. Studies have shown that night sweats occur in individuals with untreated sleep apnea three times more than the general population.

During sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts, your body goes into hyperdrive each time you stop breathing. This is because your body is fighting for air.

Sleep apnea may also lead to neck sweats because the lack of breath and oxygen causes your body to enter a flight. If you do find yourself waking up, drenched in sweat, it’s important to visit a doctor and determine whether you have sleep apnea.

If you do have sleep apnea, a number of treatment options may be recommended. If your case is mild, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, and changing sleep positions to improve breathing may all help.

In the event your case is moderate to severe, CPAP treatment may be a good idea. CPAP involves wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while you sleep. The mask is hooked up to a device and delivers continuous airflow to your nose.

A medication to help with excessive sweating may be prescribed as well to help you find relief from your neck sweats.

Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are waking up with excessive neck sweats, you should schedule an appointment at our office today. Call our Great Falls office at 703-439-1214 or Ashburn office at 703-348-2818.