One of the symptoms of menopause that affect the majority of menopausal women is fatigue.
Menopause fatigue is a catch 22 situation, because the lack of estrogen or progesterone leads to other menopausal symptoms, like night sweats and insomnia, which take a toll on your body and result in a sometimes chronic lack of sleep. This then translates itself into fatigue during the day. Even if you only wake up once or twice during the night can leave you feeling tired the next day.
Once you start feeling fatigued, this increases stress and anxiety levels which in turn help to cause insomnia which leads to fatigue. If you can help to break this cycle you can start to sleep better and reduce your levels of fatigue.
- The first step to take is to try to stop overworking where possible. Take on less work and give yourself more time to complete tasks.
- Likewise, don’t over exercise. Regular gentle exercise can provide you with great benefits during menopause but over exercising can cause fatigue.
- Change your diet by cutting down your intake of stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Replacing soda and coffee with water can have a very positive effect.
- Stay hydrated. 10 glasses or water per day will keep your body well hydrated and you’ll feel much better.
- Try to get into a regular routine in the evenings. Don’t eat for about 4 hours before going to bed. Never have coffee, alcohol or soda in the evenings, try replacing them with a warm drink of milk before going to bed.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable and that you are using several layers of sheets or blankets so that you can regulate the temperature.
- Finally, you will find that certain dietary supplements, like the Manna Menopause Support can boost your estrogen levels to help you get good night’s sleep. Chamomile tea can also help to calm you down before bed. Additionally lavender oil, sandalwood oil or jasmine oil on a pillow or next to your bed can help you to maintain a deep sleep.
The key to reducing the effect of menopause fatigue is to try to regain control of your sleep cycles, but if you hot flushes or night sweats keep awake at night, you need to increase your estrogen intake with a product like the Manna Menopause Support.
Once you are sleeping properly you will soon find that your fatigue levels will decrease and you’ll feel happier and more energetic.