Eczema at night

Atopic 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 10% of adults and up to 20% of children. For many the irritation of eczema can feel worse at night.

What is atopic dermatitis?How does eczema impact sleep?How can I sleep better with eczema?Best pyjamas for eczema

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.

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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
excessive sweating at night

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.

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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. SOOTHING 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.

6. DESTRESS

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 pajamas for eczema

  • Soothing sensitive skin

    Soothing sensitive skin

    Soothing sensitive skin

    Sensitive skin and skin irritation can disturb our sleep quality.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ contains zinc which has a regenerative impact on the skin giving it the soothing comfort it needs at night:

    • Rated 75% better for skin friendliness than cotton
    • Rated 62% better for skin tolerance than cotton
  • Ideal skin climate

    Ideal skin climate

    Ideal skin climate

    If we overheat at night and start to sweat the moisture will evaporate to cool us down. However, as it evaporates the skin dries out and is left with a salty residue that can irritate sensitive and eczema skin.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ is made with eucalyptus fibres that are 10x more breathable than cotton. Excess heat is relased so you don't start to sweat and keep an ideal skin climate throughout the night.

  • EUCALYPTUS & ZINC

    EUCALYPTUS & ZINC

    EUCALYPTUS & ZINC

    Combining healing zinc with
    breathable eucalyptus for optimal sleep comfort. NATTSENSITIVE
    contains high purity zinc which has a regenerative effect on the skin. The eucalyptus based fabric is 10x more breathable than cotton, excess heat is released allowing for an ideal microclimate on the skin.

  • DERMATOLOGICAL TESTING

    DERMATOLOGICAL TESTING

    DERMATOLOGICAL TESTING

    Itching and irritation at night can wake us up or prevent us from having the deep sleep we need and deserve.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ improves skin comfort leading to a better sleep. In dermatological testing it was rated as improving sleep quality 4x more than cotton sleepwear.

    SHOP WOMEN   |   SHOP MEN

  • Soothing sensitive skin

    Sensitive skin and skin irritation can disturb our sleep quality.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ contains zinc which has a regenerative impact on the skin giving it the soothing comfort it needs at night:

    • Rated 75% better for skin friendliness than cotton
    • Rated 62% better for skin tolerance than cotton
  • Ideal skin climate

    If we overheat at night and start to sweat the moisture will evaporate to cool us down. However, as it evaporates the skin dries out and is left with a salty residue that can irritate sensitive and eczema skin.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ is made with eucalyptus fibres that are 10x more breathable than cotton. Excess heat is relased so you don't start to sweat and keep an ideal skin climate throughout the night.

  • EUCALYPTUS & ZINC

    Combining healing zinc with
    breathable eucalyptus for optimal sleep comfort. NATTSENSITIVE
    contains high purity zinc which has a regenerative effect on the skin. The eucalyptus based fabric is 10x more breathable than cotton, excess heat is released allowing for an ideal microclimate on the skin.

  • DERMATOLOGICAL TESTING

    Itching and irritation at night can wake us up or prevent us from having the deep sleep we need and deserve.

    NATTSENSITIVE™ improves skin comfort leading to a better sleep. In dermatological testing it was rated as improving sleep quality 4x more than cotton sleepwear.

    SHOP WOMEN   |   SHOP MEN

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    "The temperature balance is great, I've never sweated in them and the fabric feels very comfortable on sensitive, atopic skin."

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    "I have eczema and my skin is very sensitive during certain times of the year. This shirt is the only thing I can tolerate on my skin"

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