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How to Sleep While On Your Period

Updated on June 11, 2016
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Every female knows that having your period can be messy, especially when you're trying to sleep at night. You might worry about finding a giant red stain when you wake up in the morning, or you might be tossing and turning because of your menstrual cramps. Here are some tips to make your life a bit easier during this time.

Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day

One of the worst things you can do to your body while menstruating is to dehydrate yourself. Make sure you are stay hydrated throughout the day. Try to drink more water than you normally do when you are on your period. You want to flush out the toxins in your body, and water will help with the cramps. However, don't drink too much before you go to bed. Going to the bathroom while on your period requires extra effort than it normally does, and you don't want to do it in the middle of the night.



Take a warm shower. If you need to take pain medication, take some about an hour or two before going to bed. Wear your most comfortable granny panties. Don't wear your fanciest lingerie bottoms. Sometimes leaks are inevitable. Your period will last only a few days, so afterwards you can return to wearing uncomfortable lacy thongs to bed.

Don't Use Tampons

Even if you're comfortable wearing tampons during the day, don't wear them when you go to bed. For tampon users, you probably know that you can't wear tampons longer than four hours or you'll be at risk for infection. While your tampon is up there, it's warm and moist—a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

If you wear a soiled tampon several hours without changing it, you could get toxic shock syndrome and die. There are females who have died because they wore their tampons for too long. Unless you're planning to get less than three hours of sleep a night, put away the tampons and save them for the morning.


Opt for Pads

Because wearing a tampon for a long period of time is dangerous, wear a pad at night. Many brands have designed nighttime pads with more coverage in the back. If it's not enough coverage, you can always wear two pads and overlap them. If wearing two pads doesn't provide as much coverage as you want, you can always opt for adult diapers to wear at night. No one will have to know, and you'll have maximum coverage against leaks.

Avoiding Those Bloody Stains On Your Bedsheets

For most cases, bloody stains on your underwear are unavoidable while you're on your period (unless you're wearing an adult diaper). Some people will choose to put away their nice bed sheets and use dark ones instead. However, just because you can't see a bloody stain, it doesn't mean that you can't get grossed out.

Instead, sleep on a soft towel you don't mind staining. You can sleep on your side, back, or stomach without worrying about potential leaks. You can sleep on old shirts, but old shirts can be too thin to protect your bed sheets when your bleeding is heavy. As your period gets lighter, you can sleep on top of thinner material.


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