The majority of women in menopause experience menopause fatigue. In fact, it's estimated that 80% of women feel fatigued at some point during menopause.
And while many women are affected by menopause insomnia, it's not just a lack of sleep that is making us feel like we're dragging through the day.
In fact, feeling fatigued is different than feeling sleepy. Fatigue leaves you feeling apathetic, drowsy, and weak, but not necessarily sleepy.
Listen to this terrible fact: Sleep may not even help to combat your fatigue! If you're already getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and you still feel tired, chances are that you're experiencing menopause fatigue.
Treating Menopause Fatigue
The best way to treat your fatigue is to use a combination of supplements and lifestyle changes.
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Try cutting back on the activities that you participate in. You are only one person, and you can only do so much! Say no to the next project that someone invites to to participate in.
You don't have to spend money on a hotel, a fancy trip, or a day at the spa. (Although, all of those sound pretty nice!)
Put on your comfy pajamas, light a candle, and curl up with a book or a favorite movie.
Or, enjoy your cup of tea with a cozy blanket, a nice view, and some relaxing music.
Even if you can't take the whole day to lounge around (It can be hard to relinquish all of your responsibilities for a whole day.), try sneaking 5 or 10 minutes of relaxing you-time somewhere into your day. It will make you feel better.
Your low energy level is most likely caused from a hormonal imbalance, a lack of sleep, your diet, family or work stress, or (probably) a combination of these factors.
And while menopause fatigue is a normal symptom of menopause, it could also be a symptom of depression, a thyroid problem, anxiety, or other issues. Talking with your doctor will help you discover exactly why you are feeling fatigued.
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