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Can persistent itching from skin conditions affect sleep?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Unfortunately, yes. It’s not clear why your skin can itch with a vengeance at night but it is thought that the circadian changes, such as an increase in body temperature and water loss from the skin and other biochemical changes during sleep, up the ante on chemical messengers that mediate itching. This itching can cause fragmented sleep, which means you are as groggy as a teenager the next day. Consistent fragmented sleep can seriously affect the quality of your life, so if you’re suffering, talk to your doctor.

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