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Sleep and Your Menstrual Cycle


Posted by Nirmala N.

Many women who suffer from insomnia may actually experience it as a side effect of their menstrual cycle, according to Amy Wolfson, PhD, the author of The Woman's Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide. According to the book, over 70% of women have sleep problems during their periods, when hormone levels are at their lowest. And of course, menstrual symptoms like cramps and bloating can be enough to disturb a woman's sleep at least two or three days during her period. So what's a girl to do? For starters, you can talk to your gynecologiest. A variety of treatments that can work to help menstrual-related symptoms can also solve sleep problems.


 
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Interesting. Makes sense to me. I will also add that when I am doing yoga regularly (not just power yoga but the kind of yoga that opens and stretches the body) or getting acupuncture done, symptoms of PMS and during my period diminish in general. So I think you can also find ways to level out your body's reaction to hormonal changes through mind-body techniques.
I just started seeing an interist MD and told her I believe I started perimenopause.She asked me some questions bout how I was feeling.Didnt do tests.Told me there is no cure,just go through it and take sleep pills. She is young. My worst symptoms now is a period that hasnt happened yet,PMSn for 2 weeks now! And waking up too hot to sleep.My Husband cant sleep if I dont.If Im awake,the pets wake up and the whole house is buzzing at 1am-3am. My mom started at 42,no thrapy,just stayed stoned through the eighties and shes fine at 62 now,and looks fantastic! My short term memory has kicked in and sound like an idiot at work, and whats that place called...you cook there,the fridge is in there...I get coffee from there.....THE KITCHEN!!?? Please,this sucks. All I want to do is eat chocolate and sleep. My skin looks like its sliding off my bones and my face is falling off my head. Im too young for this!
Has anyone else experienced the following sleep disorder? Throughout my adult life ( I am 46) I have experienced prolonged REM sleep instead of the normal pattern of deep and REM,  for a week or so prior to Menstruation. I have never found any mention of this strange symptom anywhere nor had a GP tyake me seriously.  I don't have any trouble getting to sleep, but once 'under' I don't seem to sink into deep sleep. Instead I seem to dream all night. As a consequence I am tired and zombie like during the day. If I am able to take a nap to try and catch up it is just the same, but with the added bonus of a likelyhood of experiencing 'Sleep Paralysis'! I can't be the only one!

@Betty

I experienced that kind of sleep pattern (or disorder, whichever way you choose to look at it) nearly 5 years ago now. It didnt get better until I was off birth control for a few months - that stuff can really mess with a girl's system...

 

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