5 Ways to Sleep Better When You Have Psoriasis
Self-care is crucial if you have psoriasis; but often, even the basics can be difficult to achieve—including a good night’s sleep. If you’re struggling with a lack of decent shut-eye, you’re not the only one. A 2018 Reumatologia study found about 58 percent of psoriasis patients to have poor sleep quality. Another larger 2019 study published in Dermatology and Therapy analyzed data provided by the National Psoriasis Foundation and found that up to 85 percent of those with psoriatic disease reported having trouble sleeping.
Thankfully, there are some ways you can set yourself up for better quality sleep.
Fight the Itch
Likely the most common reason for psoriatic sleep disturbances is itch, says Dana Marshall, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Klinger & Marshall Dermatology in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Severe itching can awaken patients multiple times per night, or can stop them from initially falling asleep,” Marshall says. “Often, the itching is worse at night.”