Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Why do I have trouble sleeping before my period?

103 Answers
Last Updated: 10/04/2016 at 7:58pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Monique Bivins, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have a real passion for helping my clients to overcome life's obstacles . My work with clients is nonjudgmental, supportive, and interactive.

Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
October 28th, 2015 6:07pm
A lot of hormonal changes occur every month when you have [or sometimes not have] your period. Feelings of unease, restlessness, nausea, headaches, backaches, etc are symptoms that often accompany periods. However, you shouldn't worry too much about it--it's only natural for something like that to happen when you are shedding all that blood in such a short amount of time! But if your problem persists and is hampering your everyday activities too much, you can visit your gynecologist or general physician to talk about the sleeplessness and maybe get some medicines prescribed.
lovelyLove58
October 28th, 2015 11:29pm
Hormones!! Your hormones are changing like crazy around your menstrual cycle. Sometimes making it difficult to sleep
Gyaanibaba
October 29th, 2015 8:12am
Scientifically speaking,it happens to a lot of women. So you're not the only one. It is believed to happen because of a sudden rush of hormones. You can avoid alcohol,try exercise and meditation to improve your sleep.
slowTime
October 31st, 2015 12:30am
perhaps your hormone level influences your sleep, or you are feeling stressed. It's also possible that in this period there are some thoughts that persist and don't allow you to fall asleep.
bunnyears34
October 31st, 2015 9:58pm
I do not know so cannot give you an answer, however you are the expert on you. I am here to listen and to offer support :)
Sarahbellum
November 4th, 2015 4:08am
Hormonal changes, cramping, emotional changes -- all very normal and rational, and nothing that you should be fearful or ashamed of!
Abbyhereforyou
November 4th, 2015 5:30am
mood is elevated when almost in period, satisfy yourself and give in to your pre-menstrual cravings.
sweetRainfall12
November 5th, 2015 8:35am
its a biological problem. mostly girls suffer too much pain before their periods and so i do. pain and mood swings upset you and you wont be able to sleep properly.
Anonymous
November 5th, 2015 4:06pm
As you go through the cycle your metabolism can change a little - if not the pain of the muscle movements themselves. It could be that you are too warm or too cold, possibly feeling a bit more anxious, or just a little bit more uncomfortable than usual.
Kha1eesi
November 6th, 2015 12:28am
Hormones! Your body is preparing for potential pregnancy, so it's sending signals all over which, understandably, can keep a person awake.
Anonymous
November 6th, 2015 5:13am
Because when u eat too much cold stuff it slows down the tissue causing some pain and the body to pay more attention to helping the tissue leave the body
4CinderandSage
November 6th, 2015 7:11pm
It could be hormones. Try exercising during the day. This lessens cramps and will make you tired and ready for sleep.
Anonymous
November 7th, 2015 6:34pm
Your body is going through changes during the time of your period. Why not try a relaxation method such as meditation, mindfullness, etc.
joyousNature19
November 13th, 2015 3:18pm
Well its gross trust me no girl wants to feel uncomfortable on there period have you tried medicine are extra pad and towels
RubyLips13
November 15th, 2015 3:18am
Could be something hormonal going on. Nest way to find out what's going on is to set up an appointment with a doctor and talk through the symptoms surrounding your cycle.
jobyhope
November 18th, 2015 12:19am
As explained by my doctor, your period starts a day or two before you have bleeding. So you might have trouble sleeping due to the change in hormones.
GingerWinner
November 18th, 2015 7:01am
Often times before your period your hormones act up, causing an individual to be moody and irritable. The same hormones effect your sleep pattern making it more difficult to fall asleep.
CharmedPrincess91
November 18th, 2015 9:10pm
Guessing because of the hormones and pain. You could be feeling tensed because of all this. Try to do things that help you relax and feel calm. Because the key to falling asleep is feeling relaxed.
insightfulSpace79
November 19th, 2015 4:38am
When estrogen and progesterone levels drop during menstruation, this causes you to feel less happy and more stressed. So if you're having trouble sleeping it could be because your hormones are causing you to feel stress, which could be keeping you up at night. Also, if you get headaches before or during your period, this could also be keeping you awake or affecting your sleep!
Anonymous
November 19th, 2015 7:43pm
This could be menstrual insomnia. There is a whole load of information about it if you type it into google.
Anonymous
November 21st, 2015 2:49am
Having trouble sleeping before your period can be caused because of cramps, bloating, headaches and much more. Your body temperature may rise which can disturb your sleep, as you begin to fall asleep when your body temperature cools.
Anonymous
November 21st, 2015 3:41pm
I get cramps thay are so bad that I cannot even move so I'd curl up like a prawn with a hot water bottle on my tummy :(
AuntieLili
November 22nd, 2015 5:41am
I have trouble because my body feels bloated, as it starts retaining salts and water. Makes me feel like a bloated sponge that needs to be wrung. Usually some cardio and sitting in the wet sauna for awhile will bring some relief, as well as eating healthy foods and staying hydrated. Lemon water feels good to my body at that time ... well, really, all the time.
bluedolphin1
November 22nd, 2015 5:25pm
during periods there is a lot of hormonal imbalance which creates irritability . This irritability may cause disturbance in the healthy sleep pattern.
Anonymous
November 25th, 2015 8:05pm
due to the hormonal disturbances before mensis, the affect one's mood and makes you restless and anxious , these effects make initiating sleep harder because anxiety increases brain's activity making it difficult getting into sleep.
Anonymous
November 26th, 2015 2:47am
Before you fall asleep yourlevels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, that regulate the menstrual cycle, can affect your ability to fall and stay asleeps well as influence the quality of your sleep too. Try and see your doctor about this.
lillitiger
November 26th, 2015 4:53pm
Your period makes your progesterone drops, and because you're used to having this sleepy hormone it is hard to sleep without it.
Anonymous
November 27th, 2015 1:19am
Because your body is preparing for the stress of a period. THis is a normal reaction for some people.
gracefulSunshine62
November 27th, 2015 5:51am
Your body and hormones are a lot different at different times in your cycle. This physical difference in your body's hormones can manifest itself in the quality of your sleep.
launariel
November 27th, 2015 6:58pm
on your period your hormones change because of this you can have trouble sleeping before your period.