Leaking at night on your period is a pain. There’s nothing worse than feeling that trickle of blood and waking up in a puddle of blood… As people with periods, these are things we’re all too familiar with. Your time of the month can be difficult enough, between cramps, bloating, fatigue so we’ve compiled some top tips for you to sleep soundly without worrying about leaking through the night.
Your time of the month is the best time to channel your inner Bridget Jones. Firstly, you’ll want to wear your comfiest pair of pants – think Granny style – large enough to cover any area that could see leaking – added bonus if they’re frilly!
Secondly, and trust us on this, wear another pair over the first. Not only will the outer pair hold the first pair in place, but this will provide an extra layer that’ll absorb any blood before it gets to your sheets.
And lastly, your pyjama bottoms make all the difference. We recommend wearing PJ bottoms on the snug side for minimal underwear movement and maximum security.
There are plenty of nighttime period products to choose from. Natracare Maxi pads are soft and absorbent, and unlike tampons, will keep you comfortable through the whole night. To put your mind at ease, or if your period is especially heavy this month, try covering the entire area of your pants by using two pads instead.
Still leaking? We hear you, it happens to the best of us. If you’re down with the idea, reusables might solve all your problems. You won’t even realise you’re menstruating with a cup, and reusable underwear like WUKAs or cloth pads like Luna Pads can absorb all without bleeding through.
We come bearing bad news. There’s no position that’ll guarantee you won’t leak during your period. However, sleeping on your side like you’re back in the womb helps take pressure off your abdominal muscles and helps to relieve cramps, too. Sleeping on your front can squeeze and cause blood to move around. Just bear this in mind next time you take a snooze!
Preparation and planning
Tracking your period can completely revolutionize your cycle! Knowing when your next period is due will help you prepare what pants to wear, what products you’ll use, and to put in place any extra precautions for peace of mind, like mattress protectors or dark towels on your sheets. Check out our favourite period tracker apps here.
No matter how hard you try, sometimes leaking is going to happen.. If after all this time your period still seeps through, it’s always good to know how to remove blood stains!
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