Apart from hot flushes, fatigue is one of the most frequently experienced symptoms of menopause, which is hardly surprising if your sleep is constantly being disturbed by night sweats, restless legs and sleeping disorders. Even if you do manage to get a full eight hours sleep, fatigue can affect you, as it involves lack of energy rather than drowsiness.
You can help your menopause fatigue by making a few lifestyle changes. Nutrition is very important and you should be eating ‘energy type foods’ to help raise blood glucose levels. Stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates that will give you a quick sugar rush, but also drop you back down quickly as well. Eat the good carbohydrates that will produce a gradual and sustained release of energy. Fatigue is also one more reason for you to exercise, keeping active gives you more energy – so don’t forget to do your 20 minutes a day.
Take the time to look after yourself and do something self-indulgent on a regular basis. Create a relaxing environment in your home, have fresh flowers, light candles and play soothing music. Make sure you also have some fun, invite friends round for supper or organise some social event, someone has to do it, and most people are happy to rely on others to sort it out.