Menstruation: Worse For Your Sleep Than You Think (And What To Do About It)

According to physician and sleep expert, Dr. Audrey Wells, a woman's sleep patterns can vary based on where they are in the menstrual cycle. Sleep is usually best during the first two weeks after your period — in the follicular phase.

During two weeks leading up to your period — the luteal phase — sleep can become more difficult. Women may experience insomnia, more daytime sleepiness or fatigue, and even less REM sleep. So in this video, Dr. Wells describes some of the hormonal changes women experience, and offers some tips on how to optimize your sleep during this time.

🩺 Dr. Audrey Wells is triple board-certified in pediatrics, sleep, and obesity medicine. She helps sleep apnea patients struggling with CPAP therapy get the help and relief they need. You can learn more about Dr. Wells at . And, download Dr. Wells’ guide, “If I Lose Weight Can I Kick my CPAP Out of Bed?” right here: .

👩🏻‍💻 For more on women and sleep, visit Sleep Foundation:

📺 To learn more about how menopause impacts your sleep, check out our video:

0:00 Sleep and Your Menstrual Cycle
1:52 Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
2:37 What if You Don't Have Regular Menstrual Cycles?
3:10 Do Hormonal Contraceptions Improve Symptoms?
3:53 Tips for Improving Your Sleep
4:56 When to See a Doctor

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