By: Krystle Crossman
Many women experience insomnia right before their period is supposed to start. They toss and turn all night long and do not get a nice, restful sleep. This throws their body off quite a bit and they end up lethargic the next day. A lack of sleep for several nights in a row can be dangerous. Hormone expert Alisa Vitti states that there is such a thing as PMS-induced insomnia and many women don’t realize that this is the cause.
Right before you have your period you have what is called the luteal phase. This is when your body creates estrogen and progesterone in excess to help move your period alone. After the rush of hormones there is a quick and marked decline in both. While this is not the reason that you cannot sleep there is another cause that relates to this phase. When the body doesn’t have enough progesterone and has too much estrogen, that is when you are in trouble. This problem is more noticeable the older a woman gets. Once she hits 35 she begins to have a decrease in progesterone production in anticipation of menopause.
When you have too much estrogen in your system a number of things can happen. The cause of the insomnia is the estrogens effect on serotonin and melatonin. These are two very important chemicals in the brain that help us to fall asleep. When the estrogen messes with these two things you will be awake during the night far more than you are asleep. Add stress from the daily hustle and bustle into the mix and you are headed straight for a lot of sleepless nights. When you are stressed out you tend to eat foods that are high in fat and raise your cortisol levels.
The good news is that there are some ways that Vitti states you can help to reduce the insomnia that you get around that time of the month:
1. Cut back on your caffeine. It will only make things worse when you are overloading on it.
2. Make sure to eat a balanced diet so that you have the proper nutrients that you need.
3. Eat foods that have probiotics in them to help your digestive system work as it should so that you can more effectively process the estrogen.
4. Vitti suggests trying ashwaganda as an herbal stress reliever.