How To Sleep With A Sunburn: Tips, Tricks And Sleeping Positions

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How Do You Sleep With A Sunburn?

Sunburns are a pain.

You just want your skin back in one piece as soon as possible so that you can get some much-needed sleep and start healing right away…

I am going to share with you my top tips for sleeping while recovering from sunburns: they will help ease any discomfort and assist in healing.

What is Sunburn?

Sunburn is a type of radiation burn that results from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It most often occurs on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, neck, arms, and legs. Sunburn can cause skin pain, redness, swelling, and blisters. In severe cases, sunburn can lead to skin infections, dehydration, and fever.

Sunburn When Sleeping Outside

Earthing or grounding is a great experience which involves spending time outdoors in nature, and it has many health benefits, helps our immune system, reduces stress and improve sleep quality. It has been shown that sleeping outside is the best natural way to improve your sleep quality.

But if you stay too long without shelter you may get sunburn which is an unpleasant experience and also could be dangerous if you sleep outside during your trip.

Why are Sunburns Worse at Night?

Sunburns tend to hurt more at night. This is because during the day, we are constantly distracted by all the noises and activities around us. However, at night, we have far fewer distractions and this can create a subjective effect that registers as increased pain.

When you have a sunburn, the skin cells that have been damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation start to die. As these cells die, they release chemicals that cause inflammation and pain. The pain is often feels worse at night because at night, your skin has to contact with your sheets continously which can increase the pain you feel.

How Can I Sleep With A Sunburn At Night?

Sleeping with sunburn is difficult because of the pain. You can can apply a cool compress to help soothe the pain. If lying on your back or having sheets touch your burned skin is painful, you can try sleeping in a different position or using a thin sheet as a barrier between you and the bedding.

One of the best ways to get through a sunburn is to drink lots of fluids, especially water. This will help you avoid waking up in the middle of the night due to dehydration.

If you are feeling feverish or overheated, it can be difficult for your body to reach a comfortable sleep temperature. In this case, try using light bedding and keep the room cool.

Make sleeping more comfortable if you have a sunburn by using cooling pads or gels, taking meds to reduce inflammation and pain, and drinking plenty of fluids.

Should You Sleep Shirtless With A Sunburn?

Yes, sleeping without clothing can help to cool down your skin and may provide some relief from the pain of a sunburn.

What Are The Benefits Of Sleeping Without A Shirt?

Sleeping without a shirt can help improve air circulation around your body and prevent your skin from getting too hot and sweaty. Your body is able to cool down faster which will help your brain to send out sleep signals sooner.

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What Happens To Your Body When You Got A Bad Sunburn?

When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun it is called sunburn, and it can cause erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and pain. The UV rays damage the DNA in your skin cells, which triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. This is what causes the redness, swelling, and pain associated with a sunburn.

How To Sleep With A Sunburn

Use pain medication

You can take over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or aspirin. You can also put a cool, damp cloth on the sunburned area. If your skin feels hot, you can take a cool bath or shower.

Sleepwear and Bedding Should Be Cotton

Make sure you’re wearing loose, breathable clothing. Cotton is a good fabric to sleep in because it’s light and airless. You might also want to consider using a cooling gel or lotion on your skin before bed.

As for your bedding, it’s important to use sheets that are made of natural fibers like cotton. Synthetic materials like polyester can make you feel even hotter. If you don’t have any cotton sheets, you can try putting a thin cotton blanket over your regular sheets. This will help create a barrier between you and the sheets so you don’t get too hot.

Hydrocortisone Cream Reduces Inflammation

If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The skin is red and inflamed, and it can be painful to the touch. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that helps to reduce inflammation. It’s available over the counter in a variety of strengths. For sunburns, a 1% cream is usually sufficient. Apply it to the affected area several times a day for best results. You should start to see some relief within a few days.

Soothe Sunburn with Aloe Vera

Aloe is a plant that is known for its healing properties. When you have a sunburn, aloe can be applied to the skin to help soothe the pain and inflammation. You can buy aloe gel at most drugstores, or you can break off a piece of an aloe plant and apply the gel directly to your skin.

Drink More Water

There are many reasons to drink water and keep hydrated – from preventing health problems such as dehydration, to soothing the pain of sunburn. It’s also important to stay hydrated when you’re sleeping, so keeping a jug of water next to your bed is a great way to make sure you get enough fluids.

Relief From Sunburn Pain

Water is one of the most effective treatments for a sunburn. It helps to cool the skin and hydrate the cells. Apply cool water to the sunburned area for 10-15 minutes. You can do this several times a day. You can also take a cool bath or shower. Avoid using soap on the sunburned area, as this can further irritate the skin. Apply a cool, damp cloth to the sunburned area to help relieve the pain.

Place a cool, damp cloth on your sunburn to help relieve the pain and heat. Try to avoid sleeping on your sunburned skin for too long, as this can cause further irritation. If you can’t avoid it, try to sleep on a clean, soft towel to help protect your skin.

Cooler Sleep Temperature

If you’re trying to sleep with a sunburn, one of the best things you can do is to cool your body. You can sleep on your air mattress. This will help to cool your body and take heat off of your sunburned skin.

You can turn on the A/C before bedtime but be aware that too cold is not good for your health.

Keep your bedroom at a cool temperature (around 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit) or you can sleep on the floor or you even can sleep without your bra to get the best sleep.

Loose Clothes to Prevent Irritation

If you have a sunburn, the best thing you can do is to keep your skin cool and hydrated. Wear loose, breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton or coller materials like silk. Avoid tight clothing, and anything that will rub or irritate your skin.

Wearing clothes can help protect your sunburn from further irritation. It can also help prevent you from scratching or rubbing the affected area, which can lead to more discomfort and even skin damage.

Avoid Ice On Sunburnt Skin

If you have a sunburn, you’re probably feeling pretty uncomfortable. Your skin is red and sore, and you might even have blisters. It is tempting but you have to avoid ice. Ice can actually make your sunburn worse by further irritating your skin.

If you must put something cold on your sunburn, try a cool, damp cloth instead.

Moisturize Your Damaged Skin

If you’ve got a sunburn, you’re probably not feeling too great. Your skin is likely dry, uncomfortable, and maybe even a little bit sore. To help your skin heal and feel better, it’s important to keep it moisturized. You can use an over-the-counter lotion, aloe vera gel, or a cool, damp cloth. Whichever method you choose, make sure you do it gently so you don’t irritate your skin further.

Sleep Early, Sleep More, Sleep Deeper

With a sunburn you should sleep as much as you can to speed up healing. Go to bed early, the best time to sleep is from 10pm to 4am. If you can not sleep all night, sleeping for 2 hours is better than not sleeping at all. In this case you should take freqent naps during the next day but you should be aware of the length of your naps.

Establish a regular sleep schedule. Try to become a heavy sleeper which means train your body to sleep more deeply.

Sunburn Sleep With Or Without Shirt?

If you have a mild sunburn, sleeping with clothes on shouldn’t be a problem, it might be beneficial as it can help prevent your skin from drying out. However, if you have a more severe sunburn, sleeping without your shirt could be more comfortable as it might cool your skin.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling uncomfortable sleeping without clothing, you can try wearing loose, light-coloured cotton clothing. Make sure to avoid wearing anything tight or constricting, as this could irritate your skin.

Moisturizing your skin will help it heal faster and feel better in the meantime. So if you’re dealing with a sunburn, be sure to take care of your skin!

What Is The Best Position To Sleep With Sunburn?

Sleeping positions for sunburn

If you’re dealing with the pain of a sunburn, adjusting your sleeping position can help. Try to sleep on your back or on your left side. This will help you avoid putting pressure on the sunburned area and reduce the amount of pain you’re in. You may also want to put a pillow under your knees to take some of the pressure off of your sunburned skin.

How to sleep with a sunburn on your shoulders

When you have a sunburn on your shoulders, the best way to sleep is on your back. This will help to prevent blisters from forming and will allow the sunburn to heal better. Lying on your stomach or side can cause more damage and increase the pain you are feeling.

Some say however that sleeping on your back with your hand on your chest could cause nightmares.

In addition, if you have a sunburn on your shoulders and find it difficult to sleep on your back or stomach, try sleeping upright (people slept upright in medieval times) with pillows propping you up a little. This is not as good for your sunburn as side-sleeping, but if that’s impossible for some reason or if you just don’t feel like turning over, it’s the next best option.

Does Sleeping Position Affect Face Shape?

Does Sleeping Position Affect Face Shape? Yes, sleeping in certain positions affect face shape – facial wrinkles or distortion may develop over time. Sleeping on your back is the best when talking about your face shape – minimal compression is applied to your face during sleeping on your back.

How to sleep with a sunburn on your back

When you have a sunburn on your back, the best way to sleep is on your stomach or side. If you are unable to sleep on your stomach, sleeping upright with pillows propping you up will help.

Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach is quite bad. There are a number of benefits but it is also taxing for your back and neck. Sleeping on stomach could lead to poor sleep and aches in the morning.

How to sleep with a sunburn on your legs

If you have sunburn on your legs, try to keep them elevated above your heart level. You can do this by sleeping on your side and putting a pillow between your knees or under your ankles. You also can soak your feet in a cool foot bath or in the shower before bed. This will help to soothe the pain and inflammation.

If you cannot sleep on your side you can also sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on your sunburned legs.

How to sleep with sunburn blisters

When you have a sunburn, one of the main priorities is to find ways to soothe the pain during the night.

Having blisters is very similar to sleeping with a new lobe piercing. Painful.

Here are some tips to survive:

  1. Do no touch your sunburn blisters to prevent infection
  2. Do not pop the blisters. They protect the area which was burnt
  3. Clean the area with soap and water as soon as possible. This will help remove any dead skin cells or other debris that may be aggravating the burn.
  4. Apply a cold compress to the area. This will help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
  5. If any blister pops, make sure to clean them carefully and then cover them with an Aquaphor layer for protection.

Sunburn Prevention

In order to prevent sunburns, it is important to be aware of the weather conditions and take necessary precautions. Sunburns can be very painful and uncomfortable, so it is best to avoid them by staying out of the sun when it is hot outside and using sunscreen if you have to be in the sun.

Is it possible to get a sunburn through your shirt?

Yes, it is possible to get a sunburn through your shirt, so you have too look for shelter and shadows in shirt as well. Sunblock should be applied to at least the tops of your shoulders when you know you are going to be in the sun all day.


Sleeping with a sunburn can be uncomfortable and painful. Pain is one of the most common reasons people can’t sleep. But by following some simple tips and using the right methods, you can easily sleep through it all.

In this guide, we showed you how to sleep with a sunburn – no matter what type of pain it’s causing. With these tips, you can get through a sunburn and start feeling better and sleeping better in no time.


By lezt

Lez Taylor, Founder and CEO of Corala Blanket. She tried every sleep system and trick to conquer her insomnia for good.