One often associates headaches, cramps and acne with menstrual cycle but as per some recent studies by noted fertility experts, menstrual cycle can even disrupt and negatively affect sleeping pattern. They state that changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle result in insomnia and restlessness. On top of that, sleeping pattern is not disturbed only during the periods but throughout the month. Each phase of the menstrual cycle has different effects on sleep.
Here are some of the suggestions posited by some of the Best Fertility Clinics in India to combat sleeping disorder caused by menstrual cycle:
a) Premenstrual: Fertility Specialists assert that women start feeling changes in sleeping pattern right after ovulation. Their melatonin and cortisol levels start dropping and dysregulation could be one of the factors behind insomnia. Consuming caffeine right after you start feeling tired might actually complicate the problem so it is best if you can avoid caffeine during this time. One can use melatonin supplement to neutralize the sleep-inducing properties of melatonin hormone.
During Menstrual: During periods, women have drops in their estrogen (Estrogen is almost like an energy supplement) and progesterone (One that can make you feel drowsy) levels which disturbs their sleeping cycle. Cramps and stress make it even tougher for women to get a proper sleep. The best way to overcome these difficulties is to indulge in light exercise “Exercise helps to promote deep-sleep stages and meditation so that you feel at ease and relatively relaxed. One must avoid drinking alcohol at night as it can trigger fragmented sleep. Sticking to a sturdy sleep schedule that entails you waking up and going to bed at the same time each day can help matters. Also avoid coffee and tea six hours before bed because the caffeine will keep you up.
Some studies suggest that women who use oral contraceptives have less cycle-related insomnia. Women with heavy periods seem to be predisposed to restless legs syndrome (RLS), but this irritating condition can be treated. A blood test will help your doctor determine how much extra iron and folate your body requires. If pelvic pain keeps you up during your period, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter NSAID.
b) Post-Menstrual: After the menstrual cycle, one start feeling normal again. But in the build-up to ovulation, estrogen levels begin to soar again and peak just before the ovulation which can cause insomnia. The good measure is to visit a reputed Fertility Centre and seek medication from the doctor.
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