How many times have you reluctantly gotten up in the morning and stumbled around while you tried to get ready for work or school? How often have you felt during the day as if you didn’t sleep long enough or well enough the night before?
Why worry about your sleep? Because sleep and psoriatic disease influence each other. Itching and pain can lead to poor sleep; poor sleep can lead to exhaustion and stress; and exhaustion and stress can make your symptoms worse.
Even if you suffer from psoriatic pain and itch, there are some simple things you can do that might help you sleep better. The key is developing good sleep habits:
- Go to bed and get up at the same times each day. Stick to this routine even on weekends, when it’s tempting to stay up late and sleep in.
- Make sure the room is dark. Your sleeping self reacts to light. You don’t want your brain to think that sunrise is close when it’s not.
- The bed is the place where you sleep, not the place where you read or watch TV.
- Eliminate noise and distractions. Turn off all your screens!
- Keep your bedroom temperature comfortable.
- Avoid caffeine and other stimulants right before bedtime.
If you’ve consistently tried these tricks and you’re still waking up in a fog and feeling fatigued the next day, your troubles may be due to a sleep disorder such as snoring or sleep apnea.
Sleep disorders don’t just rob you of your energy and leave you feeling cranky. For example, if you don’t already have psoriasis, sleep apnea could significantly increase your risk for developing it. Sleep apnea can also lead to health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Your doctor can refer you to a specialist who can conduct a sleep study. Getting treated for a sleep disorder may be your best bet for getting a good night’s sleep, improving your mood, and helping to manage your symptoms.
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