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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Sleep Update

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Hello, everyone.  I’m giving you a little update on my observation of sleep and my PMDD.  Last month, I shared my observations about the importance of sleep deprivation and exercise.  Before that, I talked about how I’d observed changes in my sleep around the week before my period.  Here’s the next chapter in that whole story.

Since my sleep and PMDD seem clearly related, I’ve been conducting a bit of an experiment.  Last month, my premenstrual week was right before a very stressful planned event. I spent a lot of time preparing for everything and thinking about what was to come. I got at least a few full nights of sleep, but rest didn’t seem to help my mood much.

Stressors And PMDD

This month, I don’t have that same kind of stressor looming.  I have also since started exercising about 20-30 minutes almost every day for the last two or three weeks.  I’m going to see now if my exercise is helpful with getting me to sleep.  In the past, I have also done some word puzzles for about 10-15 minutes to help my brain shut down.  Going to try that, too.

I have noticed that my mood is greatly improved during this week.  Yes, I’m still a little edgy at times, but nothing like usual.  And perhaps my latest comparison isn’t fair (last month) since I had a particularly stressful event coming just a few days after my premenstrual week.  However, I’m encouraged to see some emotional benefit from my exercise so far.

My biggest challenge may be simply keeping up the exercise habit.  I am notorious for starting it then stopping it, or at least allowing myself to get very sidetracked if I have to take a break (because of illness or something).  I am trying to do at least 10 minutes of something if it’s getting tough to squeeze it in.  In my book, 10 minutes is better than no minutes.  Plus, it at least fulfills my daily habit requirement, even if it doesn’t do much for my fitness that day.

Looking To The Future With Hope

I am hopeful about this!  I need to exercise regularly for a whole host of reasons – osteoporosis prevention, improved circulation, more energy and endurance, etc. I’m also putting this out there in cyberspace to help myself stay accountable. Anyone else out there find exercise beneficial for their mood issues? Depression, anxiety, PMS, PMDD, or anything else?  I’d love to hear your stories.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Sleep Update

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Sleep Update. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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