Feeling Fatigued: Tiredness and the Menopause

Tiredness and the Menopause

Fatigue during the menopause isn't simply about feeling exhausted from your daily chores or experiencing a dip in energy after exercising. It’s usually a combination of emotional, mental and physical fatigue. If you find that you’re feeling run down and tiredness is creeping into your everyday life, please don’t worry. There are many ways to revitalise, refresh and restore your body’s natural energy levels.

Why do we get so tired during the menopause?

Our body’s energy is powered by our hormones; oestrogen, progesterone, our thyroid and our adrenal hormones. During the menopause, our hormones tend to fluctuate, which impacts on our energy levels. When the hormone levels drop, we experience fatigue; emotionally, mentally and physically.

Why is it so hard to sleep during the menopause?

Hormonal changes can bring with them disrupted sleep patterns, hot flushes and night sweats. Even when we do get a good night’s sleep, it can still feel less than fruitful. This will affect our mood, concentration, sex drive and general motivation. Our chosen lifestyle might also weigh heavily on our hormonal levels during the menopause; work stresses, family pressures and other existing health problems can leave us with less time for fully energising our self, our body and the quality of our life.

How do I know if I’m suffering from fatigue?

Fatigue can feel very disheartening, disempowering and ever so frustrating. Fatigue during the menopause might feel different to your usual tiredness. A lot of the symptoms are invisible and much less understood or even dismissed by others. We can feel fairly spaced out, our mind seems foggy, and our normal pace of life can feel threatened. Our limbs can feel heavier, our joints ache, movement can feel like a marathon and you might find you're overcome by the need for a nap.

What can help with my fatigue?

Fatigue during the menopause is a true call for self-compassion; as your hormone levels fluctuate and fall, there is so much worth in surrendering to relaxation, as and when you can. Of course, we all wish to stay well motivated in our lives, but integrating relaxation time should work with this, instead of against it. Perhaps it’s time to pause; is your lifestyle due for an energy makeover? Taking a fresh look at how we eat, how we drink, how we move, how we breathe and how we love our body during menopause is highly recommended.

Popular remedies for fatigue

  • Nourishing your body with plant-based foods, as they carry the highest amount of energy
  • Staying hydrated can make a dramatic difference. Try to avoid dehydrating drinks such as caffeine and alcohol
  • De-stressing as much as possible; constant stress, worry and panic can trigger fatigue, try some of these relaxing ideas
  • Making time to sleep for seven to nine hours a night on average can help recharge your energy levels
We would advise that you seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you are suffering from extreme tiredness, as they will be able to offer medical advice and treatment if required.