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Scene: You lay in bed after a long day at work, finally! But while you’re going out You feel itchy skin and want to scratch. And maybe scratch a little more. Even if you don’t feel itchy all day. what happened?

follow Joshua Zeichner, MDAssociate professor in the department of dermatology and director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. It turns out that itching when you lie in bed at night is more common than you might think. But scientists don’t know exactly why. Although they have some advice on how to tame it so you can sleep well.

One theory, though not officially proven, But the itching sensation when you lay in bed is related to your body’s rhythm, she says. Brian Kim, MDco-director of the Itching Study Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Some chemicals in the body may be more or less at night. Therefore, itching may occur more at night.

Another theory explains why you get itchy when you lie down at night. What hasn’t been scientifically confirmed is because you’re more focused on how you feel, Dr. Zeichner says. It may make it easier to suppress the itching sensation.

Nighttime itchiness may only be related to the function of the skin, Dr. Zeichner says. The skin’s moisture level usually decreases in the afternoon. And the level of moisture will continue to decline until the evening. “This means that the skin tends to become drier at night. which contributes to skin disorders dryness, inflammation and itching,” he said.

To stop annoying itching and scratching, Dr. Zeichner recommends applying a lotion or moisturizer to your skin before bed. If only your feet are itching There may be a few additional reasons why it might happen—athlete’s foot is the same. (Find out more about why you itch at night. here.)

In addition, if you have allergies or sensitive skin. Switching to hypoallergenic or fragrance-free detergents It might be worthwhile to wash your clothes and bedding. But if everything doesn’t work And you’re still struggling to fix your PM itching, see a dermatologist to help you figure out the root cause.