Atopic person’s sleep
Night is the best time for skin regeneration.
A sufficiently long and uninterrupted sleep is exceptionally important. Persistent itching, typical of atopic dermatitis, frequently causes children’s sleeping problems. They wake up at night many times.
After a sleepless night skin loses nice colour and elasticity. Stress hormone level increases, which has a particularly negative influence on atopic skin. Collagen production process is disturbed, which weakens skin integrity and elasticity. When children wake up at night their circadian rhythm is disrupted. In AD, after a sleepless night, ADHD-like symptoms – irritation and lack of concentration – intensify.
Sleep is the rescue for atopic skin.
Already around 10p.m. the functioning of skin cells activates. Between midnight and 1a.m. skin starts detoxification. Toxins are first discarded to the lymphatic system, and next removed from the body. The time between 2 and 3 at night is the key time for the skin. This is the hour when epidermis rebuilds itself, also collagen fibres regenerate. During that time the level of water in the body balances, and skin moisturises deeply. Soon after 3 a.m. body temperature rises, blood starts circulating more quickly in the body, delivering oxygen, among others, to skin cells. Until 5 a.m. skin damages experienced during the day are intensely regenerated. The process of intense skin regeneration decelerates just before seven.
Insufficient sleep may be dangerous for your child.
Lack of sleep has direct influence on your child’s health. For us, sleep is an equally important health factor as proper nutrition, hygiene or physical activity.
Insufficient sleep distorts new cell production. This means that the body will not produce a sufficient number of cells to develop all areas of your child’s body. It may mean that your child will be putting less weight on, and, at a later time, grow more slowly.
Sleep deprivation increases the risk of emotional disorders.
Children become tearful, have disturbed sense of security, bad mood, concentration problems, overdependence on a parent or carer, problems with learning and acquiring new skills, they experience shyness and lack of confidence.
Good sleep calms the body, heartbeat slows down, blood pressure is lower, and breathing becomes slower. Also, the level of cortisol – the stress hormone – reduces in the body. It is important to quiet the child down before bedtime. Here you can see exercises we use to quiet ourselves down before sleep.
Your child’s bedding plays a very important role.
Bedding must ensure absolutely hygienic conditions for sleep and optimum microclimate in the skin and fabric zone. It must soften the skin and protect its natural pH.
Your child’s bedding may not contain artificial colorants, chorine bleaches or heavy metals.
Here you can check the bedding which offers the best conditions for atopic skin to fully regenerate.