Menstruation is something that women can’t do away with. Nature also plays her part in making the women aware of this monthly cycle beforehand. In other words, she leaves no stone unturned in reminding them of their womanhood through premenstrual symptoms. These symptoms could include mood swings (that are by no means explainable), cramping, breakouts, and boost in libido.
Some of the symptoms do subside after the bleeding starts. However, feeling clumsy and experiencing sleep disorders continue even during menstruation. Research states that 40% of the female population experiences fatigue when their menstrual cycle is “on”. Partly, it’s due to hormonal fluctuations. As such, the sleep cycle could witness a shift.
The post-ovulation period implies rise in progesterone, which, in turn, regulates the body temperature and calms the women down. Also, estrogen levels do drop ultimately.
A notable fact is that pre-period fatigue could also be a consequence of low levels of blood sugar. This is evident from the fact that such women might crave sugary snacks. As per Alyssa Dweck, M.D., chief medical officer (CMO) at Bonafide, the higher level of sugar coming from sweets does result in surges in insulin. To put it simply, something like mocha Frappuccino, that too, with additional whip, is likely to curb cravings, but crashing down after their consumption could also be possible.
Dweck has confirmed that women undergoing heavy menses are likely to get more tired owing to blood loss. James A. Gohar, M.D., CEO, nand OB/GYN at Viva Eye, states that heavy bleeding could culminate into chronic iron deficiency anemia, during which oxygen-carrying capacity of the body could be reduced at the significant rate. The side-effects of inadequate intake of oxygen include dizziness, weakness, palpitations, and breathlessness.
Certain women may also witness another shift with regards to hormones. This may result in menstruators experiencing insomnia. At the start of periods, levels or estrogen and progesterone drastically drop. This could lead to the hot flashes or even night sweats. However, at certain point of time during the period, levels of progesterone are likely to shoot up, through which the body temperature could rise by 1 degree. Adding period headaches and cramps to this, the sleep quality gets adversely affected. Period insomnia could be the long-term side-effect.
Certain measures could be tried out to improvise on sleep quality –
- Don’t lose your Cool
It’s advisable to keep the bedroom temperature below 69 degrees F and sleep only under the sheets (Make sure that the sheets are lightweight as well as cooling).
- Selective Snacks and Meals
Certain foods like dairy alternatives (coconut yogurt), leafy green vegetables, and warming sips such as tea and bone broth help in easing period symptoms. It’s advisable to avert he intake of alcohol, large or heavy meals during bedtime, and caffeine-oriented meals.
- Mental Preparation
If you know about the coming of your periods, you can prepare yourself mentally and go for intake of foodstuff accordingly. Also, having a warm bath will help.
In a nutshell, even though menstruation is not a thing that women will welcome with open arms (considering the pain and trouble during the entire cycle), it’s recommended to deal with it with a positive mindset, so that being mindful will ease the pain.