Atopic Dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is marked by dry, itchy skin patches. Eczema typically appears on the face, wrists, hands, back of the knees, and feet. It is estimated that over 30 million Americans suffer from this uncomfortable condition.

Those who suffer from eczema know the symptoms can be very bothersome, especially at night. Dealing with the urge to scratch is hands down the most difficult symptom to work through. Even worse? It seems to intensify at night! So, why do those suffering experience this worsening of symptoms as the sun sets?

There are many theories out there as to why itching may become worse at night for eczema sufferers. During the daytime, we have tasks to distract us from the urge to scratch. We go to work, we are taking care of our families, and running errands. For children, they are carrying out a school day, playing with friends, etc. All of these things allow for ample distractions from our eczema symptoms.

Another possibility is that at nighttime our body temperature tends to rise. For some sufferers, heat can aggravate the itch, or make the skin itch more. While typically raised skin temperature is not directly related to itch, this could be a possibility for some.

The quality of sleep that we get is so important for our overall health and productivity. Getting enough sleep can actually help to heal your skin when you have eczema, since most of your ‘body repairs’ happen during sleep. Try to make bedtime as comfortable as possible by using a good, heavy moisturizer, wearing soft cotton pajamas, and even wearing cotton gloves may help to control the urge to scratch.

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