Tend to of have lousy sleep in your premenstrual Week 4? The problem is plunging estrogen, which can trigger insomnia and restless sleep by making you more sensitive to aches, pains and itchy or binding pajamas and by causing a plunge in the sleep-regulating brain chemical serotonin. So what can you do about it? Try sipping chamomile tea a couple of hours before bedtime to help you wind down, taking a painkiller if you’ve got premenstrual soreness and doing 10 minutes of calming meditation or progressive muscle relaxation where you tense each group of muscles then relax them starting with your toes and working all the way up to your face.
Have trouble sleeping in Week 4?
Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, is leading 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 is a movement that was launched in 2005 with her 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 Hormone Horoscope® Apps, free eBooks, infographic "cheat sheets", videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.