Coping with Menopause Fatigue
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can put a bit of pep back in your step.
Of all the menopause symptoms you hear about, fatigue isn’t usually at the forefront of the discussion. Women are ready for the hot flashes and mood swings, but no one let on that menopause was going to be so tiring. For this reason, many women are confused and a bit frightened when they begin feeling excessively tired as they age. Don’t fret—drowsiness isn’t something you need to grow accustomed to.
Why so tired?
Menopause is a time of hormonal fluctuation and severe chemical changes in the body. During the early stages of menopause your body is going to expend a lot of effort trying to maintain balance. Even though you might not realize you’re doing much of anything, this process is incredibly exhausting for your body.
One misperception that strikes fear into a great deal of women is that fatigue during menopause indicates some sort of disease. While there are some conditions that occasionally develop in conjunction with menopause that can also cause fatigue, like anemia, diabetes and hyperthyroidism, fatigue during menopause is for the most part not a reason for concern.
If these conditions are present, then yes: treating them might help increase your energy levels. But don’t be misled. Plenty of women experience fatigue simply due to the hormonal changes during menopause. It is a sign of the time, but you don’t need to take it lying down.
To complement hormone replacement strategies, try some of these natural energy-boosting lifestyle remedies:
- Exercise: Exercising is good for almost all aspects of your health. Just 30 to 60 minutes of exercises every day can improve your blood circulation, increase your strength and give you more energy throughout the day. If you can’t manage to do 60 minutes all at once, try breaking it up by being active for 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at lunch and 20 minutes after dinner.
- Limit caffeine: You may think that because you’re tired, cutting down your coffee supply isn’t really an option, but drinking too much caffeine might be interfering with your ability to sleep soundly at night. Also, caffeine gives you the potential to crash, so you might feel great at first but even worse a few hours later. Try switching to a less-caffeinated beverage like green tea.
- Stay hydrated: Think of water for your body like gas for your car. If you are running on empty, you aren’t going to go very far. Try to drink about 64 ounces of water every day (that’s about eight glasses).
There are plenty more ways to shake off menopausal fatigue, like setting a firm bedtime, managing stress and following a healthy diet rich in the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to thrive. Fatigue is a pretty common complaint among women entering menopause, so don’t let it scare you. Do what you can to boost your energy levels and remember that you have hormone replacement therapy support available to you when you need it.