Sleep & Your Period — How To Prevent Leaks At Night

If you’ve ever woken up to find your period has leaked out onto your sheets overnight, you are not alone.

If you’ve ever woken up to find your period has leaked out onto your sheets overnight, you are not alone.

Period leaking is something every single one of us will experience at some point in our lives. It’s entirely normal, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. It’s a natural part of the menstrual cycle, and every girl has or will encounter it in their life.

But that doesn’t mean that you won’t feel nervous about period leaking happening. As a teenager, the possibility of a leak can make you feel super anxious. Maybe you’re turning down invites to summer camps or sleepovers in case you leave a stain on your friend’s bedsheets. Or perhaps you’re worried that someone will find out and you’ll get teased for it. I’ll tell you now, I’ve had those worries too. I’ve been there — we’ve all been there.

But you don’t need to worry. Period leaks can be dealt with easily and stress-free. Let me share with you the best way to prevent period leaking while you sleep.

Sleeping position

There are dozens of different ways to sleep at night. On your back, on your stomach, cuddled into three teddy bears (just me?)... But the best position to prevent period leaks is sleeping on your side in the fetal position.

This is because this position eases the pressure on your abdominal muscles (around your tummy), which reduces cramps, and because your legs are pressed together it prevent period leakages too. And let’s be honest, it’s a super cosy position to be in on a cold winter’s night too!

Use a period tracker

Worried about your period? There’s an app for that… Keeping track of your menstrual cycle can help you plan the month ahead, and period tracker apps are great for this. As well as telling you when you’re due to come on, they can also help monitor your flow, weight, temperature, and more.

Not sure which one to choose? Read our guide to the best period tracker apps to find one that works for you.

Try a menstrual disc or cup

Tampons and pads have their place, but having to change them every 4-8 hours can be tricky if you’re at a sleepover or camp. But with other feminine hygiene products available on the market, there are plenty more options for you to choose from that don’t cause as much hassle.

Menstrual cups or discs are two such alternatives that I tried, and they’re really useful. They work in a similar way, but discs are disposable and cups are reusable — but both are super-comfortable.

Wear a pair of period panties

Period-proof panties are a fairly recent thing, but I’ve found them amazing for preventing leaks at night while I’m on my monthly cycle. They’re super-comfortable and super-absorbent too, so even if you do leak through your pad or tampon, they provide a reassuring extra layer of protection against stains. Knixteen has a great range of period-proof underwear that you’ll absolutely love, such as...

Knixteen bikini

When it comes to the summer months, finding panties that stop periods leaking at night that are both light, comfortable, and strong enough to prevent period leakages can be tough...

Oh hey, Knixteen’s period-proof bikini!



These beautiful bikinis are perfect for summer periods. They’re light as a feather and crazy comfortable (so no waking up in the night to find them riding halfway up your butt), meaning you can stay cool and 100% leak-free no matter the weather.

Knixteens can absorb up to two tampons’ worth of blood, so you can sleep soundly knowing you’ll be completely free of period leaks overnight. And because they’re made with special odor-crushing technology, you’ll wake up smelling fresh too. No-one will be any the wiser that you’re on your period!

Knixteen boyshorts

But bikinis aren’t for everyone, particularly for us plus-size girls. And even if you are a fan, sometimes it’s nice to sleep in something that’s a little more snug, like, say… boyshorts?



Knixteen’s period-proof boyshorts are like a big ol’ hug for your butt at night. They fit so close to your skin that you can barely feel them, so for ladies who like to go commando at night these are a must-have. And if you’re you’re the type to get extra-stressed about overnight period leakage, these boyshorts have you covered — literally! — giving you complete protection against any embarrassing leaks.

If you’ve got a passion for the pad rather than being one of the tampon tribe, Knixteen’s boyshorts are perfect for keeping everything in place while you sleep. And like their bikini, Knixteen’s boyshorts are super-absorbent too — they’ve got your back no matter what comes your way.

Period leaks can happen at any time, and not just when you’re asleep either. For more tips on dealing with your period, why not read our handy back-to-school period survival guide? Or to find out more how period-proof panties can make day-to-day life that much easier, click here.

Period leaks while you sleep are a fact of life for girls... but they don’t have to be. Knixteens range of snug leak-proof panties are perfect for preventing unexpected overnight leaks while you’re on your monthly cycle. They’re absorbent, comfortable, and perfect for any occasion — join the period revolution today!

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