Sleep is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle, but eczema sufferers can struggle to get a good night’s sleep due to itching and scratching. Eczema flares can happen anywhere and at any time if proper precautions are not taken to protect your skin from irritation. These natural remedies can help you better sleep through the night.
First things first, you may not be getting enough sleep because your skin doesn’t like what it’s sleeping on. Eczema can be irritated by a variety of fabrics. Especially if your face and body are in direct contact with it for a long period of time. The best solution to suppress itching during the night is to purchase sheets made for eczema.
Sheets with TENCEL® are recommended. They are naturally itch suppressing and can absorb 50% more moisture than cotton sheets. TENCEL® sheets are also ultra soft and greatly inhibit the growth of bacteria promoting healthy skin. Chemical, dye, and zinc free TENCEL sheets can be found here. When traveling this summer, bring along your sheets to prevent flares during the night. Never use hotel sheets as they use harsh chemicals.
Dr. Frank Lichtenberger, MD, PhD, is a member of the American Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He notes the importance of changing sheets on a regular basis to control dust mites. “Dust mites are a major sensitizer in pediatric atopic dermatitis, and allergic sensitivity to dust mites is known to be found in more severe cases of atopic dermatitis.” So with this advice in mind, always wash your sheets weekly with a FREE and CLEAR laundry detergent and use the extra rinse cycle.
Wet Wrap Therapy
Wet Wrap Therapy can relieve itchiness, especially if done close to bedtime. Dr. Lichtenberger suggests wet wrap therapy can significantly improve skin barrier function. Zinc and chemical FREE wet wrap garments that make this process quick and simple can be found here. See image below for specific directions for an effective wet wrap. Wet wraps can decrease eczema symptoms by 71% in just a few treatments.
Simple Tips for Improved Sleep with Eczema
- Create a consistent bedtime routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at similar times every day. This sounds difficult but will make it easier to fall asleep, and improve your sleep quality.
- Shut down electronics 30 to 60 minutes before going to sleep. Power down your cell phone, iPad, computers, and TV’s. The blue light exposure can be harmful to your sleep quality.
- Wash your sheets regularly. Wash your eczema sensitive sheets and clothing once per week in hot water to limit dust mites and bacteria.
- Exercise can significantly improve your ability to fall asleep at night. The endorphins released also result in an improved mood!
- Consider melatonin at bedtime - talk to your pharmacist or physician about proper dosage.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.