5 ways to sleep well when you’re on your period.

This post has been sponsored by Kotex. I was provided the product in return for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. 

IF YOU ARE A BOY: GO AWAY.
THIS POST IS GIRLS ONLY.
TRUST ME.

Let me tell you a story. A true story. That happened a few years ago. To me.

I woke up in the middle of the night. and got out of bed. and realized… I’d started my period. I was disoriented and tired and frustrated. Because it wasn’t like “oh I think I started my period,” it was like… I STARTED MY PERIOD AND EVERYTHING KNEW ABOUT IT. If you catch my drift.

So I did what any sane, normal grown up would do.

I started crying. and woke my mom up. and I kept saying “this isn’t supposed to happen to me, this isn’t supposed to happen to me.”

You guys, I was like… 25. This isn’t like a rookie mistake, I was a GROWN. UP.

Since then, I’ve been terrified of sleep and my period. Here’s another thing I’m scared of: TSS. Have you heard of it? I read about it in Seventeen magazine when I was younger and since then I’ve feared high absorbency tampons while I sleep (TOLD YOU THIS WAS GIRLS’ ONLY! IF YOU’RE A BOY AND YOU’RE STILL READING: GO AWAY!!). I swear to you, if anyone in the whole entire world were to die because they wore a tampon to bed… IT WOULD BE ME.

This is where Kotex comes in. I was given the very relevant opportunity to try out their line of pads. I went to the store, spent a long time debating over which ones to try (a mom of a young boy told him to stop staring at me because I was so intrigued by all of the pads, no joke) and then as soon as I noticed “overnight,” I was like “THIS IS THE ONE!” I almost told the boy which ones I chose, but I didn’t think his mom would like that too much.

Listen, here’s the thing. When I say it’s a relevant opportunity, I mean… I BOUGHT THEM ON THE FIRST DAY OF MY PERIOD. No joke. That morning, this text was exchanged between myself and Mary-Keith.

#periodprobs // stephanieorefice.net

Anyway. Periods suck, and I’ve spent most of my life getting terrible sleep while I’m on mine. But now thanks to Kotex, I can sleep soundly knowing that I am covered.

Here are a few ways that you can get a good night’s sleep while attempting to survive your monthly lava flow.

5 ways to sleep well when you're on your period // stephanieorefice.net

ONE // YOGA.
Mary-Keith is all about yoga and I’m all about yoga pants, but gentle yoga can really relax your body and help clear your mind (since we all know our minds go CRAAAZY). Here’s a yoga sequence to help you get a good night’s sleep, featuring THE BEST YOGA POSE OF ALL TIME!!!

Yoga for a good night's sleep // stephanieorefice.net

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TWO // U by Kotex
Remember that story I wrote about? It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you’re worried about waking up to a giant, awkward mess. That’s where the AllNighter Overnight Pads from U by Kotex come in. Equipped with the 3D Capture Core, these pads allow you to sleep easy knowing that you’re going to wake up safe. Don’t believe me? Just watch. I mean, just try. Kotex is offering free sample here.

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THREE // TEA

Warm drinks before bedtime ALWAYS help me unwind, but the thought of warm and rich drinks like hot chocolate make me feel gross. Dairy makes you bloated. and your period makes you feel bloated and disgusting and a zillion other things. Skip it all and go straight for a mug of cozy tea.

FOUR // LAVENDER EVERYTHING
Lavender is known for being a sleep aid. So how about this DIY Lavendar Coconut Body Creme? Or this Lavender Body Butter? Lavender infused socks, lavender tea, lavender chocolate, lavender spray… just freaking sleep in a bed of lavender.

FIVE // CHOCOLATE
Let’s be real. You’re on your period. You want to sleep. JUST EAT A BITE OF CHOCOLATE. IT’S AN OKAY THING TO DO, I PROMISE. Mary, one of my FAVORITE bloggers, recently posted this delicious looking recipe for THIN MINT PUPPY CHOW. Perfect because you can get your chocolate fix without having to eat a whole candy bar in bed. Not that any of us ever do that, right? 😉

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I hope this helps you the next time you’re on your period! Don’t forget to pick up your free samples from Kotex. C’mon people. FREE.

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