How to use reverse psychology to nix premenstrual insomnia

/How to use reverse psychology to nix premenstrual insomnia

How to use reverse psychology to nix premenstrual insomnia

sleep5I recently spent my premenstrual week struggling with insomnia.

This isn’t a big surprise since sleep woes are common during the premenstrual phase due to plunging estrogen, which disrupts levels of sleep-regulating serotonin in the brain and makes you more sensitive to the usual sleep-robbing culprits, such as noise, light, smells and itchy pajamas.

However, this time I remembered a 2003 study in the journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy I’d recently come across that recommends using reverse psychology to get to sleep faster.

To do it: Once you lie down in bed, rather than try to fall asleep, aim to stay awake as long as possible.

But, you have to simply lie there–no reading, TV or other distractions. You can keep your eyes opened or closed.

In the study, insomniacs who tried this easy technique for two weeks ended up falling asleep faster than those who didn’t try it.

Why it works? As the researchers explain it, by switching your focus to trying to staying awake, you nix anxiety caused by trying to will yourself to sleep, which ends up keeping you awake longer.

Every time I tried this, it worked. Let me know if it works for you, too!

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By | 2018-09-04T20:58:19+00:00 April 1st, 2015|hormonology tip, natural remedies, sleep, Week 3, Week 4|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 contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at

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