Your period’s en route
Pre-flow sleep more broken than the awks chat in your office kitchen? Blame pesky hormones. “Sleep challenges tend to occur ... in the lead-up to menstruation,” says Weaver. “At this time, progesterone – a natural anti-anxiety agent – is supposed to be dominant in relation to oestrogen, however sex hormone imbalances are extremely common these days. Fluctuating [hormones] can contribute to changes in the chemical messages in the brain, influencing how amped up or how calm we feel, therefore affecting our sleep.” BUST IT: Sorting out-of-whack hormones takes a multipronged approach. “For some women, [hormone imbalances] might be excess oestrogen as a result of a liver that’s under the pump, and so liver support (eg, reducing ‘loaders’ such as alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars) can make a marked difference,” says Weaver. For others it may be excess stress hormones. Try diaphragmatic breathing and meditation.