Can a new pair of sheets help your nighttime itching? If you or your child suffers with eczema you already know that nighttime is one of the worst times for itching. This is partly attributed to the secretion of cortisol which is the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory hormone. Cortisol is at its highest level in the morning and the lowest level at night. Heat and sweating can also be eczema triggers. So, could using a different pair of sheets help with all of this imbalance and decrease your nighttime itching?
The key to finding great bedding when you suffer from eczema is to look for breathable, lightweight and smooth fabrics. There are studies that indicate the skin loses more water at night, which can make skin drier and more susceptible to irritation such as scratchy fabrics. We did a bit of research and found some good options that may promote a better night’s sleep.
Bedding for sensitive and eczema skin we found ranges from a great pair of quality organic sheets to the only FDA class I medical sheets certified for extremely sensitive skin. At AD RescueWear we love TENCEL®/lyocell as our Wrap-E-Soothe clothing for eczema are made from this great eco-friendly and super smooth fiber. We searched for a good pair of TENCEL® sheets, and we found some you may want to try.
Sheet Options for Sensitive and Eczema Skin:
Ditch the Itch Sheets available at Perfect Linens: Per the company website “Friction-free texture is so smooth it's FDA-certified for extremely sensitive skin. Scientifically proven to reduce scratching and increase sleep duration.”They are made of a nylon and polyester blend fabric and made in the U.S.A.
Organic Bedding by Coyuchi – Organic cotton sheets are softer and gentle on your skin and these are the real deal. They may be on the higher end of price but they are so soft, 100% organic, extremely high quality sheets that will last a long time. I can attest as I’ve had a set that lasted for many, many years and still look great! Coyuchi also carries organic mattresses and mattress covers.
Eucalyptus Origins Tencel®/lyocell sheets available at Bed Bath and Beyond – These are 500 thread count Tencel®/lyocell sheets that come in a variety of colors. They will be cooler and softer than your regular percale sheets.
Lyocell and Cotton Luxury Sheets available from Mission: Allergy – These are a blend of Tencel®/lyocell and per the website, “They have a superior combination of softness, strength, breathability and feel. You will love them!”
Boll and Branch - this online retailer has a line of 100% GOTS-certified organic super soft crib bedding in great non-toxic dye colors.
Bella Note Linens, offered at online retailer Lavender Fields, has a custom made 100% Tencel crib sheet available in three dreamy neutral colors.
Tips for promoting a good night’s sleep:
- Wash your sheets before using with a gentle FREE and CLEAR detergent and make sure to do a second rinse to get rid of all detergent residue. Never use a fabric softer or dryer sheets.
- Wash sheets regularly - at least once a week in hot water.
- Maintain your usual nighttime cleansing and moisturizing routine before bed.
- Don’t forget AD RescueWear carries bamboo eczema gloves, socks and itch suppressing garments to wear over your favorite eczema emollient so you can treat and soothe your eczema while you sleep. We also carry other eczema relief products.
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