Bothered by nightmares? The hormone connection

/Bothered by nightmares? The hormone connection

Bothered by nightmares? The hormone connection

My HormonologyDo you wake up in the middle of the night with your pulse racing and heart pounding after having a vivid nightmare? You’re not alone. A study out of the University of the West of England reveals that women are more likely to have intense and fearful nightmares than men, especially during Week 3 and Week 4 of their cycle.

One theory why: Your temperature rises slightly after ovulation, which may trigger changes in the brain that prompt the scary scenarios.

Want to have more pleasant dreams? Try putting a bowl of potpourri by your bedside (far from curious pets or kids) or spritzing on your favorite perfume or essential oil before bedtime. Research shows that breathing in a pleasant odor as you sleep makes you more likely to have positive dreams.

By | 2017-04-22T09:39:09+00:00 January 7th, 2014|hormone research, hormonology tip, sleep|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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