Bleeding during a period is only one of the symptoms that come along during the menstrual cycle. A few items in the long list of symptoms include cramping, bloating, pain, headaches, anxiety, mood changes, diarrhea, and depression, among others. Difficulty sleeping, with both quantity and quality, is a big problem for many people during their period. The quality of sleep we get has a huge effect on our health, mood, and productivity. Being proactive and intentional about sleep during our periods can really help. Among the surprising ways we can think ahead to improve our sleep during a period is by switching to a menstrual cup like CapdCup.
As a population, we aren’t getting enough good quality sleep. Up to 35% of people suffer from insomnia symptoms, and females are more likely than males to suffer from sleep issues. One of the reasons for this is the hormonal changes that occur in people experiencing a menstrual cycle. These highs and lows in hormone levels cause many symptoms throughout the cycle, particularly during a period.
Anxiety levels can spike
During a period, hormonal changes can create spikes in anxiety, depression, and other mood changes. When we don’t feel calm and safe, getting a good night’s sleep is difficult. Racing thoughts at bedtime, overthinking, or being on the verge of panic make it hard to fall asleep and sometimes to stay asleep.
Using either guided or soothing music meditation can calm the mind before sleep. Journaling and writing your thoughts before sleeping can clear your mind of the whirling thoughts and to-do lists. Setting up your sleeping room to be a calm environment can also help, even using calming scents, or aromatherapy.
Keeping cool is key
Hormone levels at the time of menstruation can give us a slightly higher body temperature during a period and cause us to have hot flashes and become overheated at night. It’s one of the reasons we sometimes have trouble falling or staying asleep during that time. Keeping our bodies nice and cool by considering our nightwear, bed sheet fabrics, and AC temperature can help. By thinking about these things in advance we can set ourselves up for a better night’s sleep.
A menstrual cup can help you sleep for longer
Sometimes broken sleep during a period is from the inconvenience of needing to change a pad or tampon regularly. When flow is heavy, this means several trips to the bathroom per night and breaking the sleep cycle more than once. It’s not as simple as a usual half-asleep bathroom trip. Changing, unwrapping, and disposing of products wake our brains up further and make it harder to get back into that restful place. Switching to a menstrual cup like Capdcup, which holds a higher capacity, can help you reduce the number of bathroom breaks and get longer restorative sleep. At Capd Period, we thought even further ahead and designed the first menstrual cup you can empty without removal, so your bathroom breaks are as swift as possible.