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Should I follow good sleep habits if I have scalp psoriasis?

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How you unwind at the end of the day can help you nod off. Try these bedtime tips:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Keep your bedroom cool.
  • Choose sheets, pillows, blankets, and pajamas in soft fabrics.
  • Relax for an hour before bed. Avoid gadgets with bright screens like computers and smartphones.
  • Get out of bed if you can’t sleep. Do something quiet until you feel tired, but again, no screen time.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation:  “Tips for better sleep with psoriatic disease.”

Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, chairperson, National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board; director, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center; associate professor of dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Scalp psoriasis.”

David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School; former president, American Academy of Dermatology.

National Sleep Foundation: “Healthy sleep tips.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis causes and known triggers.”

National Institutes of Health: “NIH News in Health: Feeling stressed? Stress relief might help your health."

CDC: “It is strep throat?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “A handbook for teens with psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation:  “Tips for better sleep with psoriatic disease.”

Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, chairperson, National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board; director, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center; associate professor of dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Scalp psoriasis.”

David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School; former president, American Academy of Dermatology.

National Sleep Foundation: “Healthy sleep tips.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis causes and known triggers.”

National Institutes of Health: “NIH News in Health: Feeling stressed? Stress relief might help your health."

CDC: “It is strep throat?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “A handbook for teens with psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

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