Did you know that men and women have different sleep experiences? On the whole, women report more sleep disturbances than men. Here is an article on healthy sleeping tips for women. 

The 2007 Sleep In America poll reports that two-thirds of women experience a sleep problem at least a few nights each week and as many as half report waking up feeling un-refreshed.

A cool bedroom is conducive to better sleep

Room temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit are optimal. Given increases in core body temperature during menstruation, it can be even more important to maintain a cool bedroom environment during menses.

Try a Warm Bath or Shower Prior to Bed

We begin to feel sleepy when our body temperature drops. You can enhance this effect by taking a warm bath or shower prior to bed. The contrast between the warm bath or shower and your cool bedroom environment will help with sleep onset.

Avoid Stimulating Substances Close to Bedtime

One of the popular sleeping tips is to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine because these can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Depending on how your body absorbs caffeine, it can be helpful to avoid caffeine in the late-afternoon/evening.

Limit Noise in the Bedroom

Noise can disrupt sleep and lead to less refreshing sleep. Limit bedroom noises as much as possible. An alternative to eliminating sounds is to mask them using a “white noise” device such as a sound machine.

Light Exposure Affects Sleep

Exposure to bright light during the daytime helps to regulate our sleep/wake cycle. Nighttime light exposure, however, even to dim light can be disruptive to sleep. Limit outdoor light through the use of black out curtains and avoid the use of electronic devices in the bedroom.

Maintain Consistent Bedtimes/Waketimes and Routines

Another one the sleeping tips is going to bed at a similar time each night allows the body to anticipate and prepare for bedtime. As a result, you will feel sleepier at bedtime and fall asleep quicker. Similarly, engaging in a bedtime routine will help your body (and mind) to relax and transition into sleep. Avoid stimulating activities close to bedtime and engage in calming, relaxing rituals.

Choose a Comfortable Sleeping Position

Just prior to, and during menstruation, women can experience cramping, nausea, and muscle aches. Selecting a sleeping position to minimize pressure on tender areas, such as sleeping on your side and back, can help to minimize the impact of these symptoms on your sleep.

Read more on sleepfoundation.org.