How to Sleep with Sunburn

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Sunburn occurs when we are overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, which causes our skin to not only appear red but become swollen that is hot to the touch. In addition, it can be painful, tight, and itchy, and severe burns can cause even more symptoms like headaches, fever, and chills, making it even more difficult to fall asleep.

Now while the first thing to do once you are burned is to get out of the sun, here are some tips to help you feel a little better, and maybe a bit better rested.


  • We’re not just talking about lotion here; after a cool shower, pat your skin and apply some aloe vera (moisturizer with vitamins A and E work as well)—it is both moisturizing and cooling. Helpful tip when looking for and applying aloe vera, find one that is 100% and chill it in the refrigerator for some extra cool relief.

Drink Plenty of Water

  • This might seem like an obvious one but it is important. Sunburn draws fluid to the skin, increasing your chances for dehydration so drinking plenty of water throughout the day tends to be a good idea.

Wear Loose, Breathable Clothing

  • Wearing constrictive clothing can cause you more pain so it generally helps to wear clothing made from cotton.

Apply Hydrocortisone

  • If you have itchy, swollen skin, hydrocortisone will definitely help relieve those symptoms and they come in convenient applications such as ointments, creams, sprays, and lotions.

Take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen

  • These anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort. (Follow the label for all directions and side effects when taking this medication).

Don’t Rub Ice on Your Skin

  • We get it, you’re hot, ice is cold, and it should cool you down. But don’t do it! Putting an ice cube on the sunburnt part of your skin can cause more damage. Experts say to stick to a cool bath or shower or a cool compress to help reduce the pain.

Got any more helpful tips and tricks? Leave it in the comments below!

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