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The Menstrual Cycle and the Sleep Cycle

November 18th, 2010 by Elizabeth Kissling

New research confirms what many of our readers already suspected: the menstrual cycle affects one’s quality of sleep. A study of 931 women with sleep complaints, published in the December 2010 issue of Climacteric, found that it’s not just hot flashes that interrupt sleep: women with irregular cycles were more likely to report difficulties falling asleep and insomnia symptoms.

4 responses to “The Menstrual Cycle and the Sleep Cycle”

  1. Laura Wershler says:

    That would be because women with irregular cycles have hormonal imbalances similar to those women experience during perimenopause and menopause. Just one more reason we all should understand how to achieve regular, ovulatory cycles. Menstural cycle awareness is a life skill and a health enhancer.

  2. alixe says:

    i don’t have a research to confirm, but i think the opposite occurs too… i’m not sleeping well doing too work and stuff and my menstrual cycle is lil weird.

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  4. Elizabeth Kissling says:

    Alixe, I don’t have a research study to cite off the top of my head, either, but I think you’re right. Other aspects of health and well-being can affect the menstrual cycle!

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