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3 Ways Periods Can Mess With Your Sleep & What To Do About It

3 Ways Periods Can Mess With Your Sleep & What To Do About It

Most of us don’t even need a calendar or a period-tracking app to know when Aunt Flo’s visiting next. The telltale signs like bloating, breast soreness, cramps, and mood swings are some stark indicators of a bloody tough week ahead. While these are among the well-known symptoms of the dreaded premenstrual syndrome (PMS), they’re hardly the only ones. There’s also poor sleep quality on the list. 

You can blame it on hormonal fluctuations, but getting proper sleep during periods is a distant dream for many. According to a survey conducted by The National Sleep Foundation. U.S., more than 33% of menstruating women face sleep disruptions before or during menstruation. So let’s take a closer look at the three main factors that contribute to this period affliction and find ways to get better sleep during that time of the month:

Menstrual Cramps

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The uterus squeezes to shed off the uterine lining during your period. And ouch! Its contractions can be agonising. This pain can be experienced in the lower abdomen, lower back, hips, and thighs. Unfortunately, it may not leave you alone even when it’s time to doze off. Tossing, turning and lying on your stomach—this is how you may end up spending your night during or before your period.

What To Do

Popping a painkiller may be your go-to quick-fix in this situation. However, regular consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can damage vital organs like heart, kidney, and liver. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can use Sirona’s Feminine Pain Relief Patch for instant pain relief. Infused with natural ingredients like eucalyptus oil and menthol, this ultra-thin patch can easily be used where it’s paining. And boy, it works like a soothing balm and alleviates cramps. The effect is long lasting and can help you sleep comfortably through the night. Try it once and thank us later.

Fear Of Leaking

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According to a 2015 study, discomfort due to period flow is one of the highest contributors of disturbed sleep during periods. Blood stains or simply the fear of leaking can keep you from getting proper sleep and can leave you extremely fatigued the next day. This can make you snooze off during odd hours and mess with your sleep cycle too. 

What To Do

The simplest way to deal with your fear of leaking is to switch to a reliable period product like Sirona’s Menstrual Cup. It has an ergonomic rim design to create a firm suction grip with the vaginal muscles. So it stays right in place and prevents leakages. It claims also hold 28ml of period blood in one go, which will give you leak proof protection for up to eight hours. Sleep without a care in the world, boo!

Hormonal Fluctuations

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Even though the estrogen levels in your body decrease right before your period, the progesterone may remain higher in comparison. According to a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine Clinics, this hormone can mess up the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of your sleep. For the unversed, REM is characterised by swift movement of your eye muscles while you’re in deep sleep and are dreaming vividly. It is responsible for making you feel well-rested the next day. However, progesterone-induced disruptions in this phase can make you feel exhausted out of your wits the next morning.  

What To Do

Getting regular exercise and steering clear of alcoholic, caffeinated beverages can help you achieve proper REM. You can also count on Sirona’s PMS Gummies for additional comfort. These chewable gummies work straight on the root cause—hormonal imbalance. Rich in vitamin B6 and chatseberry, they help restore hormonal harmony and alleviate PMS symptoms like cramps, fatigue, and bloating as well. Regular consumption can improve your overall period experience.

Lack of proper sleep can make your periods worse. However, these period products can help you a great deal. For more info on period-related issues, sign up for Sirona’s webinar on May 23, 2022. Click here to register. 

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19 May 2022

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