Ways to Get a Decent Night’s Rest While on Your Period

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Invest in a Hot Water Bottle or Heat Wraps: Cramps shooting up into your lower back and they’re keeping you tense and unable to rest? Tough break.

Just kidding! You can go the old school route and buy a hot water bottle to lay on or have lay on you, but know that eventually the water will cool down while you sleep. A more modern idea is to try out the popular ThermaCare brand thermal heat wraps for your menstrual cramps. If you’ve had a full day of downing ibuprofen to alleviate the pain and don’t want to toss and turn through the night, options such as these (including generic thermal heat wraps–it all works!) help out a great deal.

When You Wake Up, Get Up SLOWLY: You made it through the night with no mess. WOOP WOOP! Now it’s time to get up and make your way to the bathroom, take another shower and get ready for work. But I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person this has happened to: So you stand up after holding yourself together all night only to have a rush of your friend Aunt Flo come down without warning. And just like that, you’ve managed to do in two minutes what you avoided in six to eight hours–make a mess of yourself. That’s why when you wake up, whether you do so in the middle of the night or when you’re up for the morning, be cool and get up slowly. Especially since people’s pads move at night, which could leave you with a lack of coverage once that backup is ready to let it rip.

Spandex IS Your Friend: I’ve never done this, but a friend of mine said wearing spandex is the way to go. While I’d prefer loose sweatpants or shorts, spandex shorts are a good look because they keep your pad in place while you sleep. Really loose clothing often causes movement down there, but spandex, not tight to the point of extreme discomfort, will help to keep you dry and actually can feel like a second skin for some.

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