Eczema and Sleep: Creating the Perfect Sleeping Conditions.

Introduction Eczema and Sleep

Eczema and sleep are closely linked, as sleep is crucial for day-to-day functioning, and poor sleep can trigger eczema flare-ups. Nearly 30% of people don't get enough sleep, and for eczema sufferers, achieving quality sleep can be even more challenging due to itching and discomfort.

However, you can take steps to improve your chances of a restful night's sleep. Here are our tips on enhancing your sleep when dealing with eczema…

Optimise Your Sleeping Environment

Bedrooms should be cool, dark, and tech-free spaces. Our sleep cycles are wired to recognise darkness, so mobile phones/gadgets/other gizmos can disrupt this.

Instead, try to get into the habit of putting any electronic devices aside 30-60 minutes before trying to sleep. Yes, you heard that right. #bringbackthebooks

Keeping rooms cool and well-ventilated is also essential. To achieve this, try switching to 100% cotton bedding sheets and low-tog duvets to prevent overheating. The tog of a duvet just means how much heat it keeps in, so the lower it is, the less you'll overheat!

Choose Your Bedding Wisely

Your bedding can have a significant impact on your eczema. So aside from using a low-tog duvet, you'll want to buy hypoallergenic bedding. To prevent skin irritation, you’ll also want to avoid any pillows with feathers or made from synthetic fibres.

Limit Caffeine Intake

Caffeine can be found in everything from coffee to tea and even some chewing gums, and it can take 4-6 hours to wear off! This means that your 5pm cup of tea may very well be keeping you up at night, affecting your eczema and sleep quality.

Stop Exercising Late

Exercise is excellent, but it might be affecting your sleep and eczema. It’s been shown to release endorphins, which can make it challenging to begin the sleep process. So if you can, try to get your exercise in nice and early.

Avoid Your Bed

If you can’t sleep, avoid your bed as much as possible. Our brain associates certain places with sleep, so if you're not managing to sleep for more than 10-15 mins, hop straight out of bed and take a seat elsewhere. This habit helps your brain associate sleep with your bed, allowing you to wind down when it's time to sleep.

Use Anti-histamines

If you’re still having problems with sleep despite doing all the right things, you might want to consider anti-histamines. These medications stop the release of a chemical called histamine, which can help with eczema and sleep.

In summary, managing eczema and sleep involves optimizing your sleeping environment, choosing the right bedding, limiting caffeine intake, avoiding late-night exercise, staying out of bed when not sleeping, and considering anti-histamines if necessary. Incorporate these tips into your routine for better sleep and improved eczema management.

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Our users improve their symptoms by 48% in the first month.

Find out how 👇

Our users improve their symptoms by 48% in the first month. Find out how 👇