If you have scalp psoriasis, the itchy, painful scales may keep you awake at night. Nearly half the people who have it also have sleep problems. Luckily, there are easy ways to get more rest.
Shower Before Bed
Moisture can soothe your scalp and calm the itch. Take a warm shower before you go to sleep every night. Wash your hair each time. Try an over-the-counter shampoo for people with psoriasis. Look for one with tar, ketoconazole, or salicylic acid.
Dandruff shampoo may also help. To give it time to work, leave it on your scalp for 5 minutes before you rinse it out.
If your doctor gave you a cream or other medicine to use during your shower, put it on your wet scalp before you shampoo. Leave it on for the prescribed period of time, then wash and rinse as usual.
Always use conditioner. It will help keep your skin moist. Shampoo alone can dry out your scalp.
Keep Your Scalp Moist Overnight
After your shower, gently rub any over-the-counter creams or scale softeners that you have into your scalp. If your doctor has prescribed medicine for you to leave on, apply it now.
Follow Good Sleep Habits
How you unwind at the end of the day can help you nod off.
- Go to bed at the same time every night.
- Keep your bedroom cool.
- Choose sheets, pillows, blankets, and pajamas in soft breathablefabrics.
- Relax for an hour before bed. Avoid gadgets with bright screens like TVs, computers and smartphones.
- Get out of bed if you can’t sleep. Do something quiet until you feel tired, but again, no screen time.
See Your Doctor
Control stress when you can, at work and at home. Learn some techniques to relax. Try to exercise every day, and leave enough time to rest at night.