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OK...This has been bugging me for last 2 years now and I've never really thought about trying to figure out what it is until now.

Every other night I will wake up in either my bed or my boyfriends bed at around 3 or 4 in the morning feeling hot, sweaty, sick and light headed. I always get up, open the window, get a drink of water and lie in bed for a bit. After I've had a drink I'll go cold, start to shiver and come over all sleepy again, and just doze off.

Do you know what it could be?


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replied February 2nd, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A9688
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

If you wake up at around 3 or 4 in the morning feeling hot, sweaty, sick and light headed and respond well to a drink, then this could be due to severe acidity or hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Certain heart problems too cause similar symptoms. Hence this should be evaluated.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your PCP or GP once. Hope this helps. Take care!



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