7. Physical Problems That Cause Nighttime Itchy Skin
There are numerous health conditions that lead to nighttime itchy skin, such as the following:
- Cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia
- Skin diseases such as psoriasis, hives, and atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Kidney or liver disease
- Bugs such as lice, pinworms, bed bugs, and scabies
- Restless legs syndrome
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Nerve disorders such as shingles, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis
- Psychological conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and stress
- Thyroid problems
- Allergic reactions to foods, chemicals, drugs, or cosmetics.
6. Poor Sleep Hygiene
A buildup of sweat, dirt, and debris on your skin’s surface can easily lead to nighttime itching. It is imperative that you practice good sleep hygiene to avoid nighttime itching. Consider taking a shower before bed or a warm relaxing bath.
5. Electronic Devices Can Stimulate Skin
The use of electronic devices, like a television, iPad or smartphone, can stimulate the senses and lead to nighttime itching. Your body cannot wind down and instead remains on edge as a reaction to the electronics systems. Turn off all electronics at least an hour before you turn the lights off to fall asleep.