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Sleepless With Skin Stuff 

Sleepless With Skin Stuff 

Having you been missing out on a solid nights sleep because of skin issues from atopic dermatitis? It’s tough to try and stay tucked in when you’re kicking the covers, tossing and turning, and scratching. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with dryness, white flaky skin, or even redness and irritation that goes with infection – there are a few tips that will help anyone fall asleep a little faster, and stay asleep a little longer. If you’re sleepless with skin stuff, see if some of these suggestions are helpful to you.

The right fabric

Surrounding yourself in soft nighttime clothing is a must. If you are able and willing, you might even sleep in the buff. Nothing is more irritating than a rough seam rubbing against tender or allergy prone skin. If you choose to wear PJs, pick a fabric that is hypoallergenic for your skin. If you are able and willing, you might even sleep in the buff. Either way, I also insist of the softest of sheets. That could mean a high thread count, certain microfiber, linen, or gentle cotton bed coverings.

The right temperature

Hot temps can lead to increased inflammatory response from the skin. That little itch can prevent you from falling into deeper states of sleep. You’re right on the edge, but never entering into that rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. A cooler room can create that perfect environment. If you share a thermostat with other family members, try closing or opening vents to allow the room where you sleep to be a cool cave where sleep comes easier.

The right medication

Your doctor can prescribe oral medications, injections, and creams. It’s up to you to take full advantage of them. You may get tired, and be itch-free during the evening. You think that by just going to bed, you will fall asleep. Try thinking ahead over the next several hours, you can take action to prevent that itching response before it even starts.

The right mindset

A worried and fretful mind sends signals to your body. It can even create an environment of restlessness. When getting ready to retire for the evening, start off by going over your entire day. If there is a moment that stands out as having brought up negative feelings for you, make a note. Surround that moment, whether it is a situation or a person, with forgiveness and healing thoughts. Tell yourself to let it go. if it comes back to you, take long slow deep breathes and keep saying, “I Let Go” and soon, you will become more relaxed.

There are so many things that can disrupt sleep. If you are sleepless with skin stuff, it’s hard to power through the next day. You will be mentally and emotionally stronger after a good nights sleep. By taking the right steps to ensure better rest, you may be less sleepless with skin stuff. Having the right fabric next to your skin, and sleeping in the right temperature for your comfort is a great way to start. Use the right dose of medications and keep a right mindset. You’ll wake up with more confidence to face your day!

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  • Debs55
    1 year ago

    Thanks, this is great information. I do like comfy pj’s, preferably cotton. My sheets are 400 count egyptian cotton. My dermatologist did give me a cream to use as well as vistaril (25mg. 1@night). This has not helped with the itching nor the sleep issue. The cream does help a lot. Thanks for taking time to write back, if I should come up with some other things that work for me, I will pass along the information. Sincerely, Debra

  • Karen Hoyt author
    1 year ago

    Cotton is so breathable and at least lets air flow. I’m glad the cream helps a lot. So… I’m wondering how the fan works? I know the ice packs sound a little desperate – They worked to reduce the frantic feeling.
    On that note, I’m working on a sleep audio. I’ll let Sarah know when it’s ready. It’s a recording I made for myself to help calm my mind during rough times physically.
    I’m curious. Would you mind telling me if you feel an anxiety along with the sleepless, itching cycle?
    I”m enjoying our chat, although it’s sad we met this way… xo Karen

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    1 year ago

    Debra, Good to hear from you and that you found this information helpful. Comfy cotton pj’s and egyptian cotton sheets sound excellent! Do keep us posted on how you’re doing and if you find anything else that works! We’re so glad to have you as part of this community. -Sarah ( Team Member)

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