Can’t Sleep When You Have Your Period? Here’s Why.

The Question: Why Is It Harder To Sleep During My Period?

It’s one of the great ironies of menstruation that the same thing that makes you so tired during the day can make it tough to sleep at night.

Lest you think you’re alone in your sleepless period nights, the National Sleep Foundation found that 23 percent of women report disrupted sleep in the week before their periods, and a full 30 percent report disrupted sleep during them.

We spoke with New York gynecologist Dr. Karen Denton about six of the main culprits of period-related sleep loss, and the best ways to address them.

1. Your body temperature rises over the course of your menstrual cycle

Your core body temperature rises between a half and a whole degree during your period. This can be a problem because an evening drop in body temperature is one of the main biological triggers that makes you feel sleepy. “It seems like a small amount, but it can definitely make it hard to sleep,” says Dr. Denton.

How to fix it: Make sure your bedroom is cooled to optimal sleeping temperature: about 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Denton also suggests tricking your body into drowsiness with a warm bath or shower, because moving from warm water to your cool bedroom will make your body temperature drop. And consider sleeping with fewer covers.

2. Mood swings make you feel anxious or depressed

Period-related mood swings are very normal; hormones like estrogen and progesterone drop right before your period, making you experience negative emotions more strongly. And anxiety and depression make it tough to fall asleep at night.

How to fix it: First, just being aware that some of your mood swings can be attributed to hormones can help ease the problem, by untangling your mind-body matrix. —> Read More