If you’re skin itches like mad when you are tired, here’s the reason!

It’s aggravating: Every time you get tired your skin itches and drives you batty. Just what is going on?

It is no coincidence that we become itchier at the end of the day when you are tired, and this is due to the body’s circadian rhythm,” says Kally Papantoniou, MD, FAAD, with Simply Dermatology in NY.

Dr. Kally explains, “The body produces its own cortisol [a hormone], which is at its highest first thing in the morning and is at its lowest in the evening.

“When the cortisol level lowers we experience worsening pain, higher fevers, itchier rashes, and that is all because of the lessened anti-inflammatory effect of innate cortisol as the levels in our bodies decreases.

“We also become itchier when we are stressed or anxious or overtired, and this can manifest as a flare-up of eczema and other skin conditions such as psoriasis.”

So what is the solution?

How can you prevent itchy skin? After all, getting tired may be difficult to prevent.

Well, one thing you can help manage is the bad combination of stress and fatigue or feeling tired.

You can work on trying to manage your stress levels and anxiety, and work on removing yourself from stressful situations.

Increase your water intake, as the skin loves water. All of these measures should help alleviate the itching.

Dr. Papantonioudr. kally is a board certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic, laser and surgical dermatology.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.