We got 11 women to share hacks on how they sleep on their periods at night

Night-time is the worst when it comes to dealing with periods. The fair of staining keeps the best of awake, tossing and turning. So we’ve got for you 11 period hacks that actually work.
These period hacks will help you sail through those five nights! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Updated on: 11 Sep 2020, 17:22 pm IST

Sleeping while on your period is not a bed of roses—mostly it’s a bed of thorns. It’s tricky, painful, and not at all comfortable. And since the experience differs from woman to woman, so do the period hacks.

So we asked 11 women to share the period hacks they swear by for a good night’s sleep during that time of the month. You’re welcome! 

1. Using the larger pad and sleeping sideways
“Larger pads ensure I’m good for my eight hours of sleep. Moreover, sleeping sideways minimises the risk of leakage.”
Sakshi Singh, 22, Varanasi

2. Comfy pillow to the rescue
“I like to surround myself with lots of pillows which makes me comfortable. I also keep a pillow below my abdomen to support it.”
Kritika, 21, New Delhi

Tossing and turning on the pillows might comfort you. Image courtesy: GIPHY

3. Cycling shorts for the win!
“Who says you should wear cycling shorts only under dresses and skirts? Wearing one at night while going to bed ensures I am not worried about any leakage, because it keeps everything in place.”
Divya, 20, New Delhi

4. Double the protection…
“What’s better than one? Two! I use two pads at night to reduce my chances of leaking and stains.”
Roshni, 21, New Delhi

Double pads for double protection. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. It’s all about the ambience
“Listening to my favourite song helps calm my mind and the pleasant aroma of the candle induces sleep. This creates the perfect ambience for me to forget about my periods and doze off.”
Sejal, 19, Kolkata

6. Old is gold
“Keeping a hot water bag under my quilt makes it warm and comfortable for my lower belly. This reduces cramps and helps me relax.”
Nirupama, 25, Pune

A hot bag can help you deal with period cramps better. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. It’s all about getting comfortable
“I get into my XL t-shirt before sleeping. This gives my body the extra space to breathe and relax.”
Rajashree Biswas, 21, Jaipur*

8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
“I drink lots of water as night falls. This helps to flush out the flow and keeps me fresh.”
Smriti Gupta, 25, Kolkata

Keep yourself hydrated, always! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

9. Music = relaxation
“Everyone knows that singing lullabies can induce sleep, so I sing one for myself and boy does it help! It distracts me from what’s happening down there.”
Hina Verma, 23, UP

10. Massages always help!
“I heat any oil that I have at home for 10-15 seconds and then gently massage it on my abdomen to relax the muscles. It really helps me sleep better.”
Pritika, 33, Gurgaon

A routine massage with oil can be the answer to your cramps. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

11. The power of milk
“A hot cup of milk just before bed makes my cramping tummy feel good and also helps me sleep”
Megha Jain, 31, Delhi*

*Names have been changed upon request

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