Want a more regular, predictable cycle? New study suggests trying more sleep

/Want a more regular, predictable cycle? New study suggests trying more sleep

Want a more regular, predictable cycle? New study suggests trying more sleep

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There are lots of benefits to having a monthly cycle that’s the same length month after month: It allows you to better predict your moods, energy and other facets of your life in future cycles, it improves fertility, and you always know when you can wear white without worry.

But, what if your cycle frequently varies in length–getting shorter, then longer–so you’re not quite sure how long your next cycle will be?

Try getting to sleep earlier or setting your alarm later.

More sleep = a more regular menstrual cycle

In a 2017 study in the journal Sleep Medicine, researchers discovered that teen girls who clocked five hours or less of sleep nightly were significantly more likely to have irregular cycles than those who got the recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye.

And, this still held true after the researchers accounted for other factors that can impact cycle regularity, such as stress, dieting, smoking, alcohol consumption and age.

Why would sleep be a factor in your cycle? 

Researchers say it’s because a certain amount of sleep is needed to help regulate your body’s inner circadian clock–which, in turn, helps regulate your menstrual cycle.

When you sleep too little or too much, it throws off this inner clock, which then throws off your cycle.

Need help getting more sleep? 

If you’re skimping on sleep because you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, use this Hormonology Cheat Sheet to identify what could be causing your sleep trouble–and use the study-proven tips to fix it!

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By | 2018-01-26T19:23:59+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|hormonology tip, natural remedies, sleep|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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