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5 tips that improve sleep during menstruation

Six out of ten women in Sweden find it more difficult to sleep with period pain, according to a new survey conducted by Libresse. The same survey also shows that one in five women find it embarrassing to talk openly about the effect of menstruation on sleep.

Menstrual pain is the most common reason why Swedish women sleep worse during menstruation. Worrying that there will be stains on the sheets or pajamas is the second biggest sleep culprit, followed by night sweats and stomach and intestinal problems.

5 tips that improve sleep during menstruation

Exercise more
Activity during the day, especially exercise, provides both better sleep quality and a shorter time to fall asleep. So feel free to exercise a little extra on the days during your period.

Set a sleep schedule
An effective way to improve sleep is regular bedtimes; then the body adjusts more easily to come down in laps. So during menstruation; set a sleep schedule and try to stick to it.

Remove all screens
Keeping screens away from bed helps the brain shut down for the night. Don’t just switch off the mobile phone, preferably take it out of the bedroom entirely.

Find the right protection
Experiment to find a menstrual cover that feels as comfortable and safe as possible. It will, in the end, be crucial for you to relax.

Sleep in the fetal position
If you suffer from period pain, it may help to try sleeping in the fetal position during your period. It reduces pressure on the intestines and stomach muscles, which can ease the pain.

From the survey:

Which of the following would you say prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep during your period? (multiple choice)

Menstrual pain 58%
Worry that there will be stains on pajamas or sheets 39%
Stomach and intestinal problems 28%
Increased body temperature/night sweats 28%
Headache or migraine 26%
Difficulty falling asleep 26%
Stress 26%
Hypersensitivity 25%
General concern 22%
Prolonged fatigue 21%
Worse sleep quality 18%
Insomnia 18%
Sleep disruption 17%
Nightmares 14%
Increased sound and light sensitivity 11%
Increased desire 7%
Other 2%
None of the above 11%

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