Do you struggle to sleep well during your period? You are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 33 percent of women say their shut-eye is affected by their menstrual cycle. We can blame this on fluctuating hormones — for example, a dip in estrogen and progesterone levels just before a period can cause trouble sleeping. On top of this, classic premenstrual and menstrual issues such as cramps, bloating, headaches and anxiety can interfere with a good night’s sleep. However, you don’t need to suffer from a lack of shut-eye when menstruating. Try these tips to get a better quality (and quantity) of sleep during your period.
Stay Cool While Sleeping
Changing hormone levels before and during your period can result in a rise in your body’s core temperature. While room temperature when sleeping comes down to personal preference, experts say the best temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 20 degrees Celsius) — about the cool yet comfortable temperature you would normally enjoy in Baguio in January.
If menstrual cramps or backache are keeping you awake, snuggling with a hot water bottle may help ease your discomfort. A warm bath before bed can also help. If you have more severe cramps (known as dysmenorrhea), take pain medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen before going to bed.
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Position Counts — Get Comfy and Remain Protected!
Cramps and aching muscles during your period can keep you up at night. Sleeping in certain positions can help. One of the best sleeping positions recommended while having your period is the fetal position. It helps take the pressure off your abdominal muscles which may result in less menstrual cramps. In addition, as this position requires you to sleep with your legs squeezed together, you might be less likely to leak. Modess All Night pads with its close fit center is lapat na lapat sa katawan (fits your body snugly). The longer and wider back also ensures greater protection for more peace of mind when at night time during your period.
Move That Body
Having your period is no excuse to skip your gym class! Exercise, especially aerobic exercises such as cycling, running and hip hop, is a good option for combating period issues such as cramps, fatigue and stress. Light yoga exercises such as the ‘dolphin pose’ and ‘bridge pose’ can also help improve your blood circulation, reduce bloating and even reduce heavy bleeding, which may help you sleep better.
Exercising and looking good while on your period don’t need to be difficult or tricky. Modess All Night Ultra Thin sanitary napkins keep you feeling fresh while ensuring you don’t need to worry about tagos or visible pads showing through your fitting activewear. Wings secure the pad to your panties so you can move around freely.