Menopause and Fatigue: How to Beat it
Women going through menopause know that fatigue is just as common as the frustrating hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms that come with this stage in life. This common menopause symptom can affect you at every menopause phase, from the early perimenopause years to post-menopause, when you can see the end of menopause in sight. Here are a few simple ways you can alleviate fatigue associated with menopause.
Invest in Sleep-Boosters— A good night’s rest is key to helping you regulate and ease fatigue during menopause. In order to ensure that you wake up well-rested, pick up moisture- and temperature-regulation Cool-jam™ cool pajamas and consider trying cooling bedding and accessories, such as a cooling mattress pad, to ward off the night sweats and hot flashes that may be keeping you from a sound night of sleep.
Exercise— It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the most effective treatments for menopause fatigue is exercise. In fact, a recent study showed that regular exercise not only helps to boost your energy levels, but also assists with curbing hot flashes, chronic pain and mood swings.
Change Your Diet — Cutting out foods and drinks that can cause you to crash will help you better maintain your day-to-day fatigue. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, engaging in big meals or eating high-sugar or high-carb meals during the day. Replace heavy, starchy foods with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of protein.
Stay Hydrated — During menopause, your body experiences a whole slew of symptoms that can be worsened by dehydration. For example, not drinking enough water during menopause can trigger joint inflammation, itchy skin, poor memory, headaches and other lesser-known symptoms. And, of course, dehydration can contribute to lower energy levels and the feeling of constant fatigue. Try to drink 3 to 5 pints (1 to 1.5 liters) of water each day.