eczema at night
APOTIC DERMATITIS & SLEEP
Sensitive skin and eczema can make sleeping well difficult and it’s a problem that impact many. Studies have shown that 40-50% of women and 30% of men report having sensitive skin and suffer from skin irritations.
Atopic dermatitis, eczema, impacts around 7% of adults and up to 20% of children. For many the irritation of eczema can feel worse at night.
Eczema and sensitive skin
What is atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is a chronic, inflammatory skin illness which results in rashes and patches of itchy skin. Of those impacting around 40% have moderate or severe symptoms. Atopic dermatitis is often linked to personal or family history of other allergies, asthma and hay fever. There is no cure for atopic dermatitis but there are treatments to lessen the symptoms.
Eczema and sleep
How does Eczema impact sleep?
After itching sleep problems associated with eczema is named as the biggest negative contributor to life quality for people suffering from atopic dermatitis. A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology involving close to 35 000 adults showed that people with eczema are much more likely of suffering from fatigue, daytime sleepiness and insomnia. As a result eczema sufferers also reported more sick days and are more prone to seek medical treatment for sleep disturbances.
eczema itchy at night
80% of adults with eczema have sleep problems
50% of adults with eczema feel their sleep is less restorative
Children with eczema are twice as likely to experience insomnia
Eczema at night
To fall asleep our core temperature needs to drop, heat is dissipated through the skin to lower or temperature. This can however lead to a higher level of itchiness on the skin just before going to bed.
During a night we go through sleep cycles of deep sleep, rem sleep and lighter stages of sleep. For adults each cycle is up to 90 minutes and the end of a cycle there is a short arousal. During this period there is a risk that the itch sensation might kick in and there is a desire to scratch. This will however only increase the sense of irriration and can lead to awakening.
eczema keeping me up at night
How can I sleep better with eczema?
Though atopic dermatitis can make sleeping well difficult there are actions you can take to sleep better.
1. COOL BEDROOM
Overheating at night and sweating can really lead to a flare up and increase the impulse to scratch. Having a cool sleeping environment is key to alleviate the symptoms of eczema. Keep your bed room cool, this also improves on sleep quality in general. Our bedrooms should ideally be below 18°c / 64.5°F. If your bedroom gets hot during summer keep the blinds/ curtains as well as windows closed during the day and open to air out when it gets cooler at night. Use a fan or air conditioning to get a cooling air flow.
2. COOLING SLEEPWEAR
The best pyjamas for eczema should help you keep the best micro climate, ensure you don’t overheat and quickly wick moisture away from your skin. Look for natural, breathable and lightweight and soft fabrics. Your bed linen and bedding should also be breathable to avoid heat build-up during the night.
3. COOLING DIET
To avoid overheating at night have a light meal before going to bed, heavy meals keep our metabolism working at night and as a result our body temperature increases. Reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine. As Dr med Lutz Graumann puts it: "A no-go for good sleep is alcohol. The moment we drink alcohol, there is absolutely no restorative sleep."
4. REDUCE SCRATCHING
Reduce night time scratching by using gloves at night, this also helps to ensure that if you do scratch you are less likely to break your skin. Trim your nails so they’re less likely to cause histamine release or break your skin if you do end up scratching.
5. AVOID DRY SKIN
Apply moisturizer on the areas of your body prone to eczema before going to bed. This helps to counter any itching at night.
Stress has been linked to breakout of eczema, it may have to do with a link between the stress hormone cortisol and inflammation levels in your body. Create a stress-free sleep environment by creating a bed time ritual:
- Create a to do list before going to bed: note down what is on your mind and set is aside for tomorrow. Keep a pen and paper next to your bed so you don’t activate your brain trying to remember them.
- Try progressive muscle relaxation: if you can’t sleep, work through your body from your toes to the tip of your head, tensing each of your muscles and then relaxing completely.
- Avoid working just before going to bed: leave your laptop, mobile phone, and any worries behind the bedroom door.
7. SLEEP ROUTINE
Going to bed at the same time every day also helps to set our mind and bodies for a good night’s sleep.
THE BEST PYJAMAS FOR ECZEMA
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