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Sleepless with Skin Stuff

Have you been missing out on a solid night's sleep because of skin issues from hepatitis C? It’s tough to try and stay tucked in when you’re kicking the covers, tossing and turning, and scratching. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with dryness, rashes, or itching – there are a few tips that will help anyone fall asleep a little faster, and stay asleep a little longer. If you’re sleepless with skin stuff, see if some of these suggestions are helpful to you.

The right fabric

Surrounding yourself in soft nighttime clothing is a must. If you are able and willing, you might even sleep in the buff. Nothing is more irritating than a rough seam rubbing against tender or inflamed skin. If you choose to wear PJs, you may want to pick a fabric that is hypoallergenic for your skin. Either way, I also insist of the softest of sheets. That could mean a high thread count, certain microfiber, linen, or gentle cotton bed coverings.

The right temperature

Hot temps can lead to increased inflammatory response from the skin. That little itch can prevent you from falling into deeper states of sleep. You’re right on the edge, but never entering into that rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. A cooler room can create that perfect environment. If you share a thermostat with other family members, try closing or opening vents to allow the room where you sleep to be a cool cave where sleep comes easier.

The right medication

You can talk to your doctor about what medications or creams can help with your symptoms. There might be a solution that can help. Some over-the-counter antihistamines may make you tired, but you'll be itch-free during the evening. You think that by just going to bed, you will fall asleep. Try thinking ahead over the next several hours, you can take action to prevent that itching response before it even starts.

The right mindset

A worried and fretful mind sends signals to your body. It can even create an environment of restlessness. When getting ready to retire for the evening, start off by going over your entire day. If there is a moment that stands out as having brought up negative feelings for you, make a note. Surround that moment, whether it is a situation or a person, with forgiveness and healing thoughts. Tell yourself to let it go. if it comes back to you, take long slow deep breathes and keep saying, “I Let Go” and soon, you will become more relaxed.

There are so many things that can disrupt sleep. If you are sleepless with skin stuff, it’s hard to power through the next day. You will be mentally and emotionally stronger after a good nights sleep. By taking the right steps to ensure better rest, you may be less sleepless with skin stuff. Having the right fabric next to your skin, and sleeping in the right temperature for your comfort is a great way to start. Keep a right mindset. You’ll wake up with more confidence to face your day!

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