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Itchy Skin At Night

Are you waking up in the middle of the night because your skin feels itchy? Are your allergies acting up at night? We gathered several possibilities that may affect your sleepless nights so you can better understand the situation. We also compiled a list of tips on how you can overcome your itch so you can sleep without any distractions.

Why are you experiencing itchy skin at night?

The most common reason is eczema. Eczema causes skin dryness, redness, and itchiness when your skin gets in contact with certain items. Eczema has many types; the most common being atopic eczema.

What’s interesting is that eczema causes your skin to become irritated from allergens. As you may know, allergens are found in the sofa, carpet, and mattress in your own home. A piece of important information to know is that atopic eczema not only causes your skin to become itchy, but you may experience fever or asthma as well.

Why is eczema worse at night?

There are two main reasons why your eczema gets worse at night:

  • The place where you sleep is hot. Heat rises in foam and synthetic mattresses, causing your body to increase in temperature. With the presence of heat, the likeliness of itchy skin increases, thus, disturbing your sleep.
  • Allergies towards fleas and bed bugs. Mattresses are fleas and bed bugs’ favorite places; they are an ideal breeding ground for these allergens. A hot and moist mattress puts you at risk of an increase in allergen population when you sleep, causing your skin to itch.

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Other causes of itchy skin at night:

  • Eczema reactions at night can also be caused by other reasons. As our body temperature lowers at night, this makes our skin itchy. Moist skin caused by sweat or wet clothes will make them itchy as well.
  • You may be itching your skin at night without you knowing. It is common knowledge that itching your skin does not reduce the itchy feeling. However, at night, you may be unconsciously scratching your arm, leg, etc. as your conscious mind is unable to stop you from scratching in your half-asleep state. Scratching an itch worsens the condition and further disrupt your well-needed sleep.

How to overcome eczema at night?

Hopefully, you have now understood how eczema reactions occur. Listed below are five tips and precautionary actions you can take to prevent itchy skin from continuing to disrupt your night’s sleep.

  1. Shower at night. Regularly showering hydrates your skin and prevent diseases.
  2. Ditch the fur and polyester fabric. Fabrics and linens made from 100% pure cotton are soft and comfortable for your skin.
  3. Cold bedroom. Sweat and heat will result in itchy skin. Turn on the fan or a/c for a good night’s sleep.
  4. Sleep at the same time every day. You should make sure you’re sleeping at the same time every day and to do leisure activities like sports, reading, and meditation before you sleep.
  5. Clean your furniture. Most people with eczema have allergies and allergens cause eczema to worsen. Committing to a regular schedule when it comes to cleaning your home furniture will greatly benefit you. 

For a secure protection against allergens, you should hire a professional cleaner. Professional cleaners have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to effectively remove allergens from your home.

CleanHero provides deep cleaning services for carpet, mattress, sofa, and many more. Our cleaning process ensures you are left with dirt and allergen-free mattress, etc. for a safe and healthy home environment. 

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