RELATIONSHIP AND INTIMACY WITH ATOPIC DERMATITIS

RELATIONSHIPS AND INTIMACY1

SLEEP1

The majority of people who have a moderate or severe form of atopic dermatitis report that itch can delay failing asleep and can also wake them up during the night.1

“Just trying to fall asleep can take up to 2 hours because of itching and general restlessness. Staying asleep is another issue, 4 hours is all I can manage most nights, once I’m awake, the itch continues. The quality of sleep is never very good either; I’m always tired during the day.”

“My partner now sleeps in our spare room which is heart-breaking. I keep him awake with my scratching - he said I shake the bed as I scratch so viciously.”

It is widely acknowledged that atopic dermatitis affects a person’s sleep, with delays in falling asleep and itching known to keep someone awake or wake them several times in the night. If you are struggling to sleep due to your atopic dermatitis, it is important to share this with your healthcare professional. EZtrack allows you to capture any sleep issues by generating a report summary that can be shared with your healthcare professional. With the use of EZtrack, you can have constructive conversations with your healthcare professional around how your atopic dermatitis is affecting different aspects of your life, including your sleep.

EZtrack was developed and funded by Sanofi.


SLEEP TOP TIPS

  1. Take a 5-10 minute lukewarm bath, then thoroughly moisturise within 3 minutes of getting out.
  2. Wearing all cotton, or mostly cotton blends can lessen skin irritation for some people.
  3. Keep nails short or wear light cotton gloves at night to help reduce scratching.
  4. Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep by keeping the room dark, comfortably cool, quiet and free from dust and allergens.
  5. Maintain a consistent bedtime routine. Set aside electronic devices, instead do some light reading or relaxation exercises.
  6. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor if you still need help.