Your Skin and Sleep: Deep Relationship Discovered Between Skin and Sleep Patterns

Researchers have long known that there is a distinct connection between a person’s skin and the sleep that they receive each night. Skin can absorb vitamin D through sunlight, which is a key factor in the production of melatonin. The more sunlight we receive, the less melatonin we create. The more melatonin we create, the more prone we are to sleep restfully throughout the night. So, darkness promotes sleep and proper rest. This connection between your skin and sleep is key to regulating your sleep cycle and helping to keep your sleeping patterns normal and healthy. The more constant your sleep cycle is, the better your overall health can be. But there are more connections being discovered every year, and new studies have revealed a deeper relationship between skin and sleep patterns.

A new connection that has been discovered has to do with the risk and prevalence of fracture and bone or joint injury. Researchers have found an unlikely link between adult eczema – or the inflammation, discomfort, and discoloration of skin – and sleep disturbances that cause a higher prevalence of fracture and bone or joint injury (FBJI). The newly found connections between your skin and sleep show that those with adult eczema and sleep disturbances suffer from more of these FBJI incidents than those who have sleep disturbances but no adult eczema. Sleep disturbances, a common risk factor in FBJI incidents, seems to have added risks for those with eczema. The study – conducted by Northwestern University, Chicago – examined the link between eczema and sleep disturbances in those who suffer FBJI. They concluded that adult eczema is a previously unrecognized risk factor for fracture and other injury. This has led to the idea that eczema and sleep disturbances should be treated in conjunction with one another.