Tips to Help You Fall Asleep When You're Itchy

I don't know about you, but because of my eczema (allergic contact dermatitis), I have had some reeeeeally annoying nights where I couldn't fall asleep because my itchy skin was so aggravating. Aside from taking Xyzal, a medication which gets rid of the itchy feeling, what else can you do?

Here are some tips:

  • Make your bed super comfy with blankets, pillows (maybe buy a new pillow), etc. Whatever is most comfortable for YOU.
  • Cut your nails reeeally short, as to prevent your nails doing more damage on your skin when you finally sleep. This will help you sleep better in the long run.
  • Take a shower in lukewarm water and cover your body in a good quality cream. (get my fav products here)
  • Use a mild soap as opposed to something harsh (you can see what I use here).
  • Wear 100% cotton pajamas - preferably ones that tie at the bottom (I found some at H&M, but they don't have an online store and I haven't been able to find any others. It's an easy fix if you can sew!)
  • Wear gloves - preferably ones that cinch at the wrist so they don't fall off
  • Wrap the problem area in 100% cotton gauze
  • Meditate for 20 minutes before bed. Start off with 5 minutes, then add 5 more, etc.
  • Stretch before bed
  • Download a sleep sounds app. There's a bunch of them. You can even mix your own sounds - rain, crickets, thunder, etc.
  • Turn a fan on in the room if you don't like sleep sound apps. The humming sounds lulls many people to sleep (me included).
  • Stash some natural lavender potpourri in your room. Lavender is amazing for relaxation.
  • While you're laying down in bed... starting at the top of your head and going down to your toes, relax each part of your body one part at a time. Start with the eyes, mouth, neck, and work your way down.
  • Count to 100. Breathe in with the first number, out with the next, repeat.

...I think that's all I've got for now!

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