Tips and Tricks for a Restful Night’s Sleep

Hand foot and mouth disease, also known as HFMD, is a viral illness that mainly affects young children. However, it can affect people of all ages. The disease is usually not serious but can be uncomfortable for some people. One common symptom of HFMD is discomfort while sleeping due to the presence of painful sores on the hands, feet, or in the mouth.

In this blog post, we will discuss tips on how to sleep with hand foot and mouth disease.

1. Use Appropriate Bedding

The first step to sleeping comfortably with HFMD is using appropriate bedding. Choose soft sheets made from natural materials such as cotton or bamboo that are gentle on your skin and won’t irritate any sores you may have on your hands or feet.

a) Wear Soft Cotton Clothes

Wear soft cotton clothes that do not rub against sore areas when you are trying to sleep at night.

b) Avoid Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic fabrics like polyester should be avoided as they trap heat which can make itching worse and lead to more blisters forming around infected areas.

2. Keep Your Room Cool

HFMD raises your body temperature which makes it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest; therefore, keep your room cool by turning down the thermostat or using an air conditioner if possible.

a) An Electric Fan Can Help

An electric fan can help circulate cold air throughout your room making it easier for you to fall asleep without having trouble regulating your body temperature.

3. Try Over-the-Counter Medication

Over-the-counter (OTC) medication like ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), lidocaine cream/gel (for topical use only), calamine lotion (for topical use only) can help reduce fever, pain, and itching associated with HFMD. These medications may also make it easier for you to sleep.

a) Take Medication as Prescribed

Be sure to take medication as prescribed by a medical professional or according to the instructions on the label of OTC medication.

4. Keep Yourself Hydrated

Staying hydrated is especially important when combating HFMD. Dehydration can worsen symptoms like sore throat and headache which could keep you up at night.

a) Drink Plenty of Water

Drink plenty of water throughout the day; this will help soothe your throat, moisturize your mouth, and prevent dehydration.

b) Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol before Bedtime

Caffeine or alcohol should be avoided before bedtime because they increase urine production that makes it difficult for individuals suffering from hand foot and mouth disease to fall asleep peacefully.


Hand foot and mouth disease can cause discomfort while sleeping due to painful sores on the hands, feet, or in the mouth but following these tips can help alleviate some discomforts associated with this illness. By using appropriate bedding materials such as soft cotton sheets instead of polyester fabrics that trap heat leading to more blisters forming around infected areas; keeping yourself hydrated through drinking plenty of water all day long; staying cool by keeping your room temperature low using an air conditioner if possible along with avoiding caffeine/alcohol before bedtime – you’ll be able to manage any symptoms better!