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Psoriasis Screws Sleep pSo & You

If you’re like me, you love your sleep. (I heard sleep is the new sex, BTW). But, then again, if you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble catching your zzzz’s? You’re not alone. Proving once again that this is so much more than a ‘skin disease’, people with psoriasis tend to have sleep problems. Let's face it, psoriasis can screw your sleep.

A few reasons you might be tossing and turning instead of getting a decent night’s rest:

Itchy skin
A night-time psoriasis flare-up is as common as a cheesy Matthew McConaughey chick-flick. Try bathing and slathering on the moisturizer to hydrate your skin and alleviate dryness. You’ll want to avoid scratching in your sleep, so try keeping your worst patches covered, or wearing cotton gloves to bed (it’s also a great hand beauty tip so it can’t hurt!).

Sleep Troubles
Studies have been conducted to help determine the complex relationship between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and sleep quality. If you are having trouble sleeping, some of the symptoms to watch for include: trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, daytime fatigue, restless leg syndrome, snoring, gasping, or frequent waking which could indicate sleep apnea (which is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep). Does psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis affect your quality of sleep or could poor sleep make psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis worse? That is the question. If you feel tired a lot, think about having a quick talk with your healthcare provider, especially if: you have had psoriasis for a long time; your PASI score is in the severe range; and your psoriasis has not responded well to treatment or continues to flare-up.

“Sleep loss could even be a factor in how psoriasis gets started in the first place.”

Depression
Feeling down lately? Research has found an association between sleep disturbance and depression. Depression can be caused by a number of factors, but don’t feel like you can’t tackle it! If you have depression, it might be the real cause of your sleep problems, rather than the psoriasis itself. Monitor how you’re feeling and have a chat with your healthcare provider to connect the dots and understand where it’s coming from.

Sleep loss could even be a factor in how psoriasis gets started in the first place. And since getting enough sleep could be super important to calming your flare-ups, sleep is a major necessity. If you are having trouble sleeping, do something about it. There are some great apps out there to help evaluate the quality of your sleep as well. Let me know if you have some favorite ones to recommend and share it in a story, I’d love to hear from you! Got questions? Ask away! While beauty is truly only skin deep, sleep is truly a beautiful thing. Peace out! #pSoSleepy

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