Menopause and Fatigue - Discussion, Causes, Remedies
Why are menopause and fatigue associated?
Fatigue and tiredness occur during menopause for many reasons, including hormonal changes, insomnia, decreased concentration or increased stress, as well as latent and unprocessed or unresolved emotions like sadness, anxiety or anger.
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During menopause, the brain chemicals that control sleep undergo many changes which can disrupt the normal sleep pattern and lead to insomnia or changes in mood and outlook. In this day and age, many women already cut back on the amount of sleep they allot themselves, and feelings of anxiety over to-do lists and other worries can rob one of sleep. Our natural biological rhythms can be easily disrupted by over stimulation in the form of media, caffeine, and other sources.
Diet, too, can cause increase the link between menopause and fatigue. For instance, the over consumption of carbohydrates, which many women crave during perimenopuase, may lower blood sugar levels.
Many women experiencing menopause also find that hot flashes and night sweats lead to sleep deprivation. Once control can be obtained over the hot flashes, sleep can become more restful, and they do not have to become plagued by the onset of menopause and fatigue at the same time.
The imbalance of the progesterone particularly can create chaos in the central nervous system, while imbalanced estrogen has been shown to be a cerebral irritant, working on the body and its responses much like adrenaline. Several methods can work to stabilize hormonal levels and decrease fatigue. Natural progesterone cream, estrogen replacement, acupuncture, and various herbal remedies may prove effective.
Fatigue can also be triggered by excessive caffeine (as it over stimulates the body, providing only temporary relief from overtiredness), alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise. Avoiding these elements can thus reduce the menopause and fatigue connection.
Exercise should ideally occur in the morning, so as to jump start the day. Try not to exercise three hours before bedtime, as the increased activity boosts metabolism and stimulates the central nervous system, making deep restful sleep difficult. However, relaxation exercises like hatha yoga, tai chi, or meditation can be used to unwind, calm the mind, and prepare the body for rest.
If returning sleep to normal levels does not remove fatigue, certain herbal remedies can be used to alleviate the menopause and fatigue link.
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