There are many things that impact your general health that can also have an impact on your menstrual health. Studies have shown that if you have severe PMS, you may also suffer from sleep disturbances. This combination can be particularly troubling because sleep disturbances cause other problems, including mood changes, hormone irregularities, and changes to your menstrual cycle.
Continue reading this post as a naturopathic doctor near Bendigo and Castlemaine, Katherine Knott, has prepared this post explaining why PreMenstrual Syndrome causes sleep disturbances in women.
Supporting Sleep During PMS
Some things that you can do to help improve your sleep – and reduce your period symptoms – during PMS include:
- Engaging in daily exercise, even a short walk (10-15 minute) or two will help.
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine after lunch.
- Engaging in good sleep hygiene with a regular bedtime routine.
- Help to manage your stress by doing meditation or yoga.
- Relax before bed – try a warm bath with some bath soaks.
- Address any worries that are keeping you awake.
“Shine a Light” To Support Sleep
Another thing that impacts both your sleep patterns and your hormone levels is sunshine. The amount of sunshine you are exposed to throughout the day affects your circadian rhythm. This impacts your melatonin – a hormone that helps induce sleep. Your body needs skin exposure to sunlight to make melatonin.
Sun exposure also increases your vitamin D levels, which can help normalise your menstrual cycle and stabilise your mood.
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