Do Skin Diseases Cause Profound Sleep Issues? Unveiling The Answers

Skin diseases and the quality of your sleep seem to be two aspects of health that are entirely different from each other. But, some of the recent studies expose the close interrelation between these two.

According to the studies, among the total population of the world suffering from skin diseases, 50% of them are also victims of sleep issues such as sleep apnea and insomnia. The reduced quality of sleep has also been found to be negatively affecting their social and professional lives on account of low energy and low levels of productivity levels.

This article will help you read and understand many more details regarding the hidden relationship between sleep quality and skin diseases. 

If you are someone suffering from skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, or even face or body acne, your skin will be characterized by tenderness and itchiness. These signs of irritation and discomfort may trouble you during the daytime, and as the timeless passes, the issues may also creep into your good night’s sleep.

You may experience an urge to scratch on your skin even when you are supposed to have at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It is from here, that many other related issues and difficulties arise. 

Stress Issues 

When you wake up during the night more frequently to scratch your skin and heal that unbearable tingling sensation, a sudden imbalance in your endocrine system can be noticed. During this time period, your stress hormones may spike beyond limits. However, your body is capable of restoring the balance within a couple of hours.

Stress issues

However, the balance would again get disrupted, when you experience less energy and less productivity throughout the next day. This may obviously reduce your confidence and self-esteem at work or in studies, adding to your already disrupted stress hormones. This loop continues when you experience a stress hormone spike at night when you can’t get enough sleep and rest.

Thus this continuing process makes it quite impossible to have sleep even when the skin issues are solved because the stress hormones are still working actively in the opposition. 


Just like many of the other diseases, this condition can also be cured with effective treatment and regular medication.

In certain cases, counseling may also be required, since mental health is also involved in such situations. However, the key is to find that the issue with your sleep is directly associated with your skin condition. For this, your doctor may need complete cooperation from your side.

Make sure you share all the related difficulties and discomforts that you are also experiencing while suffering from the skin condition. This may help the doctor with an effective and accurate diagnosis. 

Practice Discipline In Your Sleep Schedules

When it comes to sleep, it is important that you make certain changes and make it quite irresistible. This means, that even if the itchiness or that tingling sensation comes over uninvited, you should not be woken up from an uninterrupted sleep.

In order to make your sleep much sound and deep, you need to consciously make some changes, in your routine before going to bed. Stay away from all your electronic gadgets at least one hour before going to bed. Doing sleeping exercises or rapid eye movements (rem) may also help. Reducing the intake of caffeine and other stimulants that may disrupt your sleep are also some of the best remedial methods that you may follow. Making it a habit to have active body movements on a daily basis may also help you slide into a deep sleep when the time hits.

One of the most important things in this regard is to set a proper sleeping schedule, helping your biological clock to also cooperate with your goals. 

Wrap Up

Now, you might have had a proper understanding of the association between sleep issues and the skin issues that you might be facing. This clear awareness would help you seek the right treatment at the right time without causing a possible delay or mistake in the diagnosis. Apart from the medication prescribed by your doctor, you also know how to increase the effectiveness of the treatment by making slight changes in your sleep routines, food habits, and so on.

About the Author

Nicole Carter is a dedicated and passionate nutritionist, committed to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals through the power of proper nutrition. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science and years of practical experience.

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