For eczema sufferers night time itching, and sleeplessness is one of the most bothersome symptoms of the disease. And no wonder, lack of sleep causes many health issues both physical and mental. Sleepless nights can mean missed days of work or school, lack of focus and depression. Quality sleep is vital for good health, so what can and eczema sufferer do? Read on for tips to sleep better with eczema.
Here are some simple tips to help improve sleep.
- Enjoy a good bedtime routine. Prepare your body and mind for sleep with a good relaxing routine. This can include a warm bath or shower and moisturizing immediately after, then try turning off blue light electronic devices two hours before bedtime and meditate, talk with your family or relax with an enjoyable book.
- Design the bedroom for relaxation. Making the bed in the morning means coming home to an inviting, comfy bed. Stock your nightstand with a glass of water, a warm light table lamp, and plenty of good magazines or books to read before bed. A small humidifier next to your bed can increase moisture in the air and relaxation. Try adding essentials oils such as lavender or whatever smell makes you happy and relaxed.
- Choose sleepwear and bedding made of soft and cooling fabrics. Organic cotton, linen, bamboo or TENCEL®/lyocell sheets and pajamas can be found in many stores and online. A study by the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, found that people with or without eczema found lyocell fabrics preferable over cotton for softness, temperature control, and moisture control. There was also a decrease noted in itching and less transdermal water loss when wearing lyocell fabrics. AD RescueWear Wrap-E-Soothe clothing are made of only TENCEL/lyocell and a small amount of spandex for stretch, with no additives to the fabric such as zinc or dyes. AD RescueWear now carries a high quality line of sheets made of TENCEL®/lyocell that are so soft and easy to wash.
- Turn the thermostat down. A study by Sleep.org found the ideal temperature for a good night sleep is 60 and 67 degrees.
- Pull the shades and use earplugs if noise (such as snoring!) is nearby. Artificial light can affect the body’s circadian rhythm and production of melatonin.
- Use protective soft coverings such as wet wrap sleeves or clothing, gloves or socks at night for itchy hands, feet and limbs. Wearing a damp wet wrap sleeve to bed can be more convenient than waking up and having to hold a damp wash cloth to skin. And soft gloves and or wearing sleeves or socks dry over an emollient can be an added layer between skin and finger nails in the night.
We hope these sleep tips are helpful. For more information about sleep and eczema please visit the National Eczema Association website and visit the links below for more information on the importance of sleep and health.
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.