Menopause and fatigue
Menopause and fatigue, tiredness, and low energy seem to go hand-in-hand for many people. This can happen as a direct result of hormonal changes and because other menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, are disrupting your sleep.
These symptoms may also be due to other underlying medical conditions, so it is important to see your healthcare provider in certain circumstances. Read on to find out more about the causes of menopause tiredness, the treatments, and when to seek help.
Fatigue is when the feeling of tiredness is overwhelming and isn’t relieved by sleep or rest.
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SIGNS OF FATIGUE
Feeling very tired or sleepy
Slowed reflexes and responses
Impaired judgement and decision-making
HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE MENOPAUSE EXHAUSTION?
2. Take care of your diet. Certain vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, including low iron and low B12, can contribute to fatigue. Read more about weight gain during menopause.
3. Good sleep hygiene. Avoid naps in the late afternoon and evening and have a regular bedtime and wake time.
4. Reduce stimulants. Avoid any substances which can impact sleep, such as alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco, including eCigs and vapes.
5. Keep cool. Helpful tips include, wear lightweight layers you can remove quickly – you can buy menopause-friendly nightwear engineered to wick away sweat. Use sheets and blankets for bedding instead of a duvet, so you can adapt to your temperature easily. Invest in a cooling face spray and fan for when the heat hits.
6. Wind down before bed. Avoid using any screens before bed (including phones, computers, and televisions).
Would hormone therapy (HT) help?
Read more about HT risks and benefits.
FATIGUE AND MENOPAUSE FAQs
I often felt so exhausted I couldn’t function during the day”