With a woman’s monthly cycle comes cramps, hormone-induced mood swings and general discomfort, especially at night.
Finding a comfortable position to fall asleep in can stump many women while they are menstruating.
But, small adjustments in your bedtime routine can actually alleviate some of the pain.
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To have a good night’s sleep while menstruating women should rest in the foetal position to relax the skeletal muscles around the abdomen
A period-tracking app called Clue has discovered through research that hugging your knees up to your chest can not only prevent blood seeping during the night but also soothe the abdomen.
The team at Clue explained to FEMAIL: ‘The foetal position (knees up to chest and arms wrapped around) is not always recommended as a sleeping position, because it can cause neck and back pain.
‘When you’re on your period, however, it applies pressure to the abdomen, which may help to soothe stomach cramps.
If you find spreading out and stretching your legs more comforting, be sure to wear secure underwear and supportive leggings (or shorts) if wearing a sanitary towel, as this will keep it in place and limit the chance of leakage onto the bed.’
Docters recommed hugging your knees to your chest, though when all else fails a painkiller and a filled hot water bottle always help
Jennifer Wider, M.D. told Glamour magazine that sleeping on your stomach should be avoided during this time as it can lead to the uterus being squeezed, which increases blood flow and the risk of leakages.
Dr Wider continued to report that the foetal pose allows the skeletal muscles around the abdomen to relax and tension to decrease, which can lead to less pain.
While Mrs Pradnya Pisal, Consultant Gynaecologist, London Gynaecology, told MailOnline: ‘The best position is the one that makes the woman feel most comfortable and will vary depending on the woman and her regular sleeping position.’
Similarly Mr Iskaros, Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Portland Hospital as well as an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London Hospitals, said: ‘Sleeping on the tummy or in the foetal position supported by a pillow might help some with with the usual discomfort but might be uncomfortable for others.’