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We’ve all woken up to discover blood on our sheets in the morning – it’s less than ideal when you’ve got a gazillion things on your morning to-do list, but it’s totally normal! That said, there are a few different things you can do to help minimise leakage during the night. We've put together some tips on how to sleep on your period and manage little leaks below.

Why is my period heavier at night?

Why is it that you need extra protection at night to prevent period leaks? The obvious answer is that you’re sleeping for several hours, which is longer than you would go normally spend before changing yourwearing the same pad or tampon.

Why is it that you need extra protection at night to prevent period leaks? The obvious answer is that you’re sleeping for several hours, which is longer than you would normally spend before wearing the same pad or tampon.

Plus, when you’re lying down the blood flows differently from when you’re standing up. Lying down for hours means that gravity will make your menstrual fluid fall to one side of your underwear. And if you constantly stir when you’re sleeping, your knickers can bunch up and leaking can occur.

This is why you need a night time pad like Bodyform Ultra Goodnight. These pads provide up to 10 hours of protection and have a wider front and back to ensure maximum comfort and protection throughout the night. 

However, we all know that sometimes periods come at an inconvenient time and night time leaks become the last thing you want to worry about. If you want to postpone your menstrual cycle, then check out our guidance on what you should do to stop or regulate your period.

Can you sleep with a tampon in?

The short answer is yes! Given that tampons are inserted in your vagina, you won’t leak while shifting around in your sleep. However, if you have a particularly heavy flow or you’re planning on sleeping for 12 hours, then maybe opt for a pad instead. Wearing tampons for a prolonged period of time risks infection, so a night time pad is a safer option.

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Choose the right night time pad

Fortunately, overnight pads are longer at the back than ordinary towels. As period blood tends to pool under your bottom if you sleep on your back, this extra length means no leaks. Some towels can also end up askew if you toss and turn a lot in your sleep, causing blood to leak out. The uniquely shaped core of a Bodyform towel means it follows your body movements when you twist around, preventing period leakage. So you can rest easy.

Change your pad before bed

To get the most out of your sanitary towel, make sure you change your pad just before you go to bed. Our night time pads give up to 10 hours of protection, so putting one on just before you sleep will mean you’re covered for the maximum amount of time.

Position yourself to the side

Positioning is key when figuring out how to sleep on your period . If you are normally the type who sleeps on their back or stomach, try rolling over onto your side and tucking in your arms and legs. Otherwise known as the foetal position, this takes the pressure off the abdominal muscles and can help to relieve tension from cramps. If you suffer with cramps day or night, we have an in depth guide on how to ease period pain  that’ll help relieve your symptoms.


There you have it – all the information you need to have an uninterrupted night’s sleep on your period! Check out our full range of towels and figure out which option will suit you best. For all your period qualms and queries, we have a living with periods hub to help answer all of your questions.

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