Getting enough sleep and rest when you have your period is so important!
A survey of 3,500 girls and women aged 12 – 46+, conducted by the Victorian Women’s Trust and published in the book ‘About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have’, found that 60% of respondents across all age groups would like more time to rest when bleeding.
Here are my top tips for how to sleep better on your period:
Try Overnight Period Underwear
One of my favourite uses for period underwear is wearing them overnight to get a good sleep on my period. No longer having to wear those big, bulky overnight pads is one of the best things about period underwear.
If you’re not familiar with period underwear, it is underwear containing special technology that absorbs your menstrual fluid on its own, without you having to wear a pad or tampon.
Period underwear keeps you feeling fresh and dry for long periods of time, which is perfect for sleeping overnight.
Here are some great period underwear styles for overnight:
Modibodi Sensual Hi-Waist Bikini
This pretty and comfortable Modibodi style comes in heavy to overnight absorbency, able to hold up to 20ml or 3-4 tampons worth of menstrual fluid. Plus with a longer gusset that continues all the way up the back to the waist band, you can sleep leak-free all night long and wake up feeling fresh and dry. Say goodbye to those bulky overnight pads – click here to shop now.
Modibodi Sleep Short maxi 24 hrs
This comfy sleep short in maximum absorbency is perfect for getting a good night sleep even with a really heavy period. The sleep short has got you covered, holding up to 50ml or 10 tampons worth of menstrual fluid. The Maxi 24 Hrs Sleep Short gives you protection from the front waistband all the way through to the back waistband, so there is zero fear of leaks onto your sheets! Don’t let your heavy period get in the way of a good night sleep – click here to shop this style now.
Forget Sleeping with a Tampon – Try a Menstrual Cup
My friend once told me her sister never liked wearing pads so she would wear a tampon to bed and set an alarm to get up and change it in the middle of the night! Whaaat?! I was blown away by this.
If you are a tampon wearer too, then you may like to try a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup is a soft cup, usually made from medical-grade silicone, that is folded and inserted into the vagina where it pops open inside and sits below the cervix to collect the menstrual flow.
Menstrual cups can hold anywhere up to 30ml or more and be left in for 8-12 hours. This makes the menstrual cup perfect for wearing overnight ensuring you get a good sleep on your period.
There are many different styles and brands of menstrual cups, so before choosing your first menstrual cup I do recommend reading The Better Period Guide to Choosing Your Best Menstrual Cup. This guide is free and I can send it directly to your inbox if you enter your details below:
Here are some menstrual cups you may like to check out:
Nourished Life – Various Brands
You can shop a range of menstrual cup brands at online store Nourished Life. Nourished Life sells over 3,000 natural alternatives to conventional beauty, personal care, home & lifestyle products to conscious shoppers supporting sustainability, eco-friendliness, certified organic farming, fair trading and cruelty-free manufacturing. They also ship worldwide! Click this link to check out their menstrual cup range.