Are you tired of feeling tired all the time?

Fatigue during menopause is incredibly common and it can affect so many areas of your life, such as concentration at work, ability to focus, being too tired and neglecting your  relationships and life in general.

We’ve had a few queries about increasing energy in our Facebook group recently. Its such a common feature of the menopause that we thought we’d get everything here in one place to help you raise these flagging levels.  It is primarily caused by hormone changes as your body prepares for the next stage. Here are some areas that you need to concentrate on to raise your energy and beat the tiredness.

Most importantly, the first thing you need to do is eliminate any other causes of fatigue. Visit  your doctor to check for underlying factors which may be causing it.

Once you know that your energy depletion is a part of your menopause there are several areas you should focus on to improve it.

Nutrition

Ensure you have a balanced diet with plenty of fresh food, which is organic and free range where possible. Eat a wide variety of unprocessed food including meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Processed food often contains lots of sugar and undesirable additives which affect your hormone balance.

A good quality multivitamin will help keep your levels topped up too.

Hydration

Dehydration is a major cause of fatigue. Keep your fluids topped up. Water is ideal. Alcohol, soda and caffeine aren’t (sorry!)

Stop doing too much

It should be obvious but most of us are simply doing too much. Assess what you are doing – is it really necessary? Could you delegate? Self care and taking time to relax and recuperate are crucial. It’s time to put yourself first and stop running on empty.

Get good sleep

A good night’s sleep where you wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed can seem like a distant dream in menopause, especially if night sweats are waking you up. Our article How to get a good night’s sleep has several helpful suggestions.

Hormone balance

Ensure your hormones are balanced. We recommend a bio-identical progesterone cream which is easily applied. If you would like to find out more about natural progesterone read our article here.

Rest and relaxation

Take periods of rest during your day and DO NOT feel guilty about them. They are very restorative. Your productivity levels will soar if you just take a break sometimes. It sounds counter intuitive but trust me on this one. A short break will have you raring to go. In your break, try and get some fresh air with a short walk or try some meditation.

Self care

All of these points count as self care and it is essential during menopause and peri-menopause to really take time for self care. If you find it difficult try making a diary note to include yourself in your day.

What ways will you try to increase your energy. Share them in our Facebook group, a community of like minded women who share gripes and good times.

How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night's sleep in menopause

One of the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause is sleeping problems. Sleep is one life’s mysteries, although we are learning more about it all the time and a good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones of health. 6-8 hours per night seems to be the optimal amount for most adults.

Circadian rhythms are the body’s response to 24-hour cycle of patterns of light and darkness. When they are disrupted it can weaken your immune system and disrupt your hormones, so it’s important to establish a bedtime routine.

 Here are 7 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.

 1. Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible.

2.  Room temperature is important. Studies show that the optimal room temperature is between 18C and 21C degrees.

3.  Don’t drink any fluids, especially alcohol and caffeine, within 2 hours of going to bed!

 4.  Increase your melatonin. Melatonin is a completely natural substance, made by your body, and has many health benefits in addition to sleep. Ideally, it is best to increase levels naturally with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and complete darkness at night. If that isn’t possible, consider a melatonin supplement.

5.  Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) such as mobile phones, computers and TVs, as they disrupt the pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin.

 6.  AVOID SLEEPING PILLS!  According to a 2007 analysis by the National Institutes of Health, sleeping pills reduced the average time it takes to fall sleep by less than 13 minutes compared to a placebo. Apart from being ineffective, sleeping pills also have potentially dangerous side effects.

7.  Listen to relaxation CDs. Some people find the sound of white noise or nature sounds to be soothing for sleep. An excellent relaxation/meditation option to listen to before bed is the Insight audio CD. Another favourite is the Sleep Harmony CD, which uses a combination of advanced vibrational technology and guided meditation to help you effortlessly fall into deep delta sleep within minutes. 

 

What are your tried and tested tips for a good night’s sleep? Comment below and we can all benefit from your suggestions