10 Tips for getting a good night’s sleep when you’re bothered by eczema
We asked our community how they get to sleep when dealing with an eczema flare or itch and here’s what they said:
- Bamboo sheets! I was in the middle of a horrid out-break when we got them — *love* them, they are so smooth, but also they’re cool because they draw the heat out, they don’t make you sweat on a warm night! And when you do scratch (hey, it was a bad outbreak), all the oozes come out in the wash if you use cool water and baking soda.
- I normally take my itch/nerve/anxiety pill. It calms me and makes me tired. Then a short warm shower, lotion from head to toe, put on some loose long clothes, then get comfortable in bed and fall asleep!
- On really bad nights I take benadryl. It knocks me out.
- I cut my nails every ﬁve days and sleep without clothes.
- Epsom salt bath every night and lots of oil, lotion, and cream. I have completely stopped all milk, most bread, coffee, peanuts, hazelnuts, bananas. I only use the national eczema association seal of acceptance™ skin products and “soaps.” one zyrtec a day at night with lots of water.
- Doxepin — only thing that has helped me sleep in four years.
- Lots of exercise!
- Silver needle tea helps internally, lotion externally. Every night is different for me with itch cycles.
- My son gets his medicine and grease slathered on, then warm wet pjs, then a pair of dry pjs. Hydroxyzine for the really bad nights.
- Warm bath, cool room temperature (with fresh air, if possible), cotton sheets, layered blankets so I can add/subtract them, cotton pajamas (or no clothes if I feel particularly itchy).