Some women find themselves tossing and turning during the days leading up to their period and maybe even the first few days of their cycle. This is called menstrual insomnia and it is pretty common for women who experience PMS.
PMS can prevent a restful night’s sleep for somewhat obvious reasons… pain and discomfort. Once you lose sleep one night it becomes a vicious cycle of being cranky, moody and can even lower your pain threshold level.
Luckily, you can get ahead of or minimize your symptoms if you stick to some good habits. Be mindful of what you put into your body as it fuels your body.
Try these tips to get a better night's sleep
1. Keep your room cool
Keep your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit in the bedroom. Temperatures outside this range disrupt our REM sleep, which is the restorative phase of our sleep. Disruptions in this stage can force you to try and catch back up, resulting in feelings of grogginess and tiredness.
Sleep is crucial to our mental processes during the day and when they are incomplete it can affect our cognitive brain functions.
2. Get on schedule
Keep your nightly routine in rhythm. Your body will be able to count zzz’s when you have a wind down every night.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests “sticking to a sleep schedule that has you waking up and going to bed at the same time”. This will help your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
3. Have a good set up
Increase the likelihood for a good nights sleep by creating a restful environment. Make your sleep area a comfortable, dark place where you can unwind.
Tip: make your bed every morning so you can be excited for a fresh new bed to get crawl into at night.
4. Skip the heavy snacks
During the days leading up to your period you may have strong cravings such as a big bowl of ice cream – but hold off. Sugary and fatty snacks can keep you awake. Eating heavy snacks before bed can make you overly full and keep you from your much needed sleep.