Can Lack of Sleep Contribute to Period Pain?

Hormones can be out of balance for many reasons and one is to do with sleep- or lack there of.

When you sleep, you produce a sleep hormone called melatonin. Melatonin allows you to stay asleep. It works in rhythm with your day/ night cycle.

A good nights’ sleep is really important for keeping your hormones balanced because melatonin helps to keep your estrogen levels on an even keel. Estrogen is the hormone that if imbalanced, can cause period pain, menstrual cramps and other women related issues.

Here are 3 tips for keeping your sleep hormone levels in tip top shape!

1)      Be in bed by 10pm.

This can be easier said than done. If you are a night owl or do night shift, then it can seem like an impossible task to get to bed by that time. Try to be in bed by 10pm with the lights out. You may lie there for the first few nights, but soon your body will return to its natural rhythm.

2)      Lights out, means all lights out.

Your body is affected by light. If you have a clock radio with illuminated numbers or a small light shinning from other appliances, this can affect your sleep hormone, so turn them off or turn them away from you. That also means computers!

3)      Have a glass or warm milk before bed

Milk has special nutrients in it which help to raise melatonin levels, so warm milk can help you to nod off.

So make sure you get a good night’s sleep or see your naturopath who can put you on the right path!

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The Period Pain Guru & Naturopath Andrea Hepner has been helping women who experience period pain and related symptoms for many years. She is also a specialist in hormonal imbalance and fertility issues. To contact Andrea Hepner for treatment call 1300 21 44 25 or go to www.PeriodPain.com.au.

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