Is your menstrual cramp painkiller keeping you up at night?

/Is your menstrual cramp painkiller keeping you up at night?

Is your menstrual cramp painkiller keeping you up at night?

sleepingThink menstrual cramps, backaches or other cycle-related pains are the reason you can’t fall asleep during your period? The real culprit could be the Advil, Motrin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) you’re taking to treat the ache.

Turns out, NSAIDs thwart sleep two key ways: They reduce your body’s output of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, plus they prevent your body temperature from dipping low enough to trigger drowsiness by blocking the production of temperature-regulating prostaglandins, according to research from Bowling Green State University and research from the University of Leeds.

The result: You may have trouble drifting off, you could wake up in the middle of the night and you might not be reaching the deep, restorative stages of sleep that make you feel refreshed when you wake up.

The easy fix: Switch to acetaminophen (Tylenol), which doesn’t have this effect, or use another menstrual cramp remedy–and not only will you nix the bothersome pain, you’ll be more likely to fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper asleep all night.

[Photo: romaryka]

 

By | 2017-06-15T18:39:26+00:00 March 25th, 2016|hormonology tip, pain, sleep, Week 1|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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