When I was a few years into dating my boyfriend, and I was on my period, he said suddenly, “You don’t really get PMS do you?” It just sort of hit him that we’d been together for three years, which means we’d been together for about 36 menstrual cycles and…I hadn’t been a total nightmare to deal with every month. He said that he never even realized I was on my period unless I mentioned it. That is a very, very good thing. But I’m not going to stand here and lie to you and tell you that it’s because I’m some sort of angel. Far from it. I have a secret weapon: sleep. I sleep my tits off when I’m on my period. It has a way of solving everything, and alleviating many PMS symptoms. When I’m on my period, I give myself the freedom to say no to evening activities so I can go to bed early, and to stop whatever I’m doing to take a nap (schedule allowing). Here is why you need more sleep on your period.
It reduces stress
Getting enough sleep can fight stress and, for some reason, everything feels ten times more stressful when you’re PMSing. Haven’t you noticed how every problem feels so much bigger and totally unbeatable when you’re on your period? Your sleep rhythms and stress symptoms are highly related.