Topical Steroid Withdrawal: Sleep Tips

Topical Steroid Withdrawal: Sleep Tips


and so I’m now going to go on to share
some of my top tips on how to get more sleep whilst suffering with the topical
steroid withdrawal. I’ve tried to tailor these tips specifically to the
condition so hopefully they’ll be really useful and for you guys
so. I think it’s fairly accepted that your sleep will suffer whilst you’re
recovering from this. Like I’ve said, however as we know, it is vital to
helping your skin to heal so there are a few tips that I’ve collected and put
together during my journey and some of these have really helped me to get even
a few more hours sleep each week which all adds up in the long run. You’re
unlikely to get a full eight hours of sleep certainly not in the first six
months of topical steroid withdrawal and you will find you that your sleep cycle
is erratic for a while. You’ll be exhausted during the daytime and wide
awake at night if you need to take time off work to allow yourself to get more
sleep when your body needs it this may help even if just a couple of
days a week I know it’s not possible for everyone but it may be a solution I
don’t think the more drugs are an option I did find that antihistamine
could help sometimes on some of the worst nights and when the itching was
unbearable and but I found they made me groggy during the daytime and I’m
generally against recommending taking more pills to counteract the symptoms
of withdrawing from steroids so here are my top 10 natural tips to get more sleep
which I’ve personalized for TSW sufferers . Number one is removing stress. This is especially important if your cortisol levels are unbalanced you need
to remove as much stress and anxiety from your life as possible this may
mean that you’ll need to make some difficult decisions about removing
people or situations from your life that do not make you feel happy and calm if
needed and seek therapy look to change your job or and seek the comfort and
support of your close friends and family who understand what you’re going
three to bedtime snacks have a small snack before bedtime
which can counteract the effects of cortisol especially if you eat foods
that help to induce sleep such as those containing trytophan, serotonin and melatonin such as cheese walnuts and banana magnesium can also be
really helpful in inducing sleep and I used to have a supplement
I sprayed onto my feet before going to bed so that really helped. It can sting a
little bit if you’re if your skin is sore and so perhaps for some of the later
months but yeah it definitely really helped and third tip is blackout you’re
likely to find it difficult to get to sleep and may wake throughout the night
so the last thing you want is to be woken up earlier than needed by the
sunshine you’ll want to make sure that your bedroom remains as dark as possible
I have some great blackout blinds and I also cover up any lights from
electronics like such as alarm clocks and things before I go to bed
temperature-wise I always found myself far too hot so good electric fan and
hopefully not too noisy or air conditioning unit may also help you feel
more comfortable number four mind the lights in the last few hours before bed
try to limit the artificial lights that you’re exposed to laptops tablets
smartphones they’re particularly bad culprits and can really affect your
ability to get to sleep try to switch them off before 9 p.m.
or at least adjust the settings to dim the light incidentally I also switch
mine on to airplane mode before I go to bed as I’ve done quite a lot of research
on the effects of Wi-Fi signal on sleep and it can really affect interfere with
your body’s ability to rest properly tip number 5 is cut out caffeine and
personally I think this is a good tip when suffering with topical steroid
withdrawal anyway as any amount of caffeine and sugar for that matter used
to set me off into a mad H fist so I would I found I would have recommend
cutting caffeine out completely but if you really can’t at least try to have no
caffeine from the late afternoon onwards tip number six is gets bed sheets get
some really comfortable sheets ideally cotton that don’t cost very much
as they are unfortunately likely to stained with blood spots and need
frequent washing same goes for pajamas choose cotton ones that aren’t going to
irritate your skin further and don’t spend a lot of money on them they’ll be
in and out of the washing machine and I had some really great pajama tops
actually that were made especially for adult eczema sufferers and with they had
even built mitts on the hands to stop you from doing too much damage and from
scratching in the night tip number seven nap time and don’t be afraid to take
naps when your body feels tired even the shortest nap can be incredibly valuable
in healing repairing and recharging your body some people say to avoid making the
NAP too long as it will ruin your sleep cycle I think in the early days of
topical steroid withdrawal when sleep is so difficult to come by if your body
wants to rest let it tip number eight is activity and this one can be hard to
achieve in the early days because topical steroid withdrawal can really
limit your mobility I certainly found moving to be agony in the first few
months but if you can keep it active as as you’re able to during the daytime
this will help to tire out your body for a better night of sleep if your skin and
your body allows you to a short walk or a workout will help improve blood
circulation and speed up recovery tip number nine is routine and creating a
bedtime routine will help you to recognize when it’s time to start
getting ready to sleep and if you feel able to have a shower or a bath I know
this and this will depend from person to person because I know there was some
months when where skin was agony and water and I just limited the time as
much as I could in the water and but if you can it will help you to relax your
body so switch also switch off the technology meditate read a good book
talk with your partner whatever activities start to relax your mind for
bed and I also find lavender aromatherapy oils in my diffuser soothe
my mind and assist let’s get to sleep number 10 know when to quit if you’re
really struggling to sleep in the night don’t line they’re torturing yourself
get up and take your mind off the insomnia have a drink of water read a
book write in your journal I used to find that picking a really dull task to
do in the middle of the night like emptying
the dishwasher or updating my accounts used to have me yawning again in no time
so there you have it those are my top 10 tips for getting more sleep during
topical steroid withdrawal and I want to know from you have you found something
to be a challenge during your withdrawal and if so do you have any tips that
you’d like to add to the list and I’d really love to hear from you and yeah so
if you can leave some comments below or get in touch on one of my other social
media channels again the links are in the description so I’d love to connect
with you all and thanks so much for listening

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