Let's dive into a topic that many of us might be familiar with but don't always talk about openly: perimenopause and the sneaky fatigue that can come with it. Yep, we're going to chat about why you might be feeling more tired than normal and it’s not necessarily because we're beyond busy and getting older. 

First things first, what exactly is perimenopause?

Well, it's like the prelude to the menopausal symphony. Perimenopause typically starts in your 40s, although it can begin earlier or later - it's the years leading up to menopause when your ovaries start to retire and your body gears up for that big change.

Hormones start dancing to their own beat, and that can bring along some ahem....interesting side effects, one of which is good old fatigue.

So, why might you be feeling like you need a nap just after you've had your morning coffee during perimenopause? Let's break it down:

  1. Hormone Havoc: Your hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone, are on a rollercoaster ride. They fluctuate like crazy during perimenopause, and these hormonal swings can throw your energy levels for a loop. Say hello to mood swings and fatigue, often together!

  2. Sleep Stealer: Night sweats and hot flashes, anyone? These unwelcome visitors can disrupt your precious beauty sleep, leaving you feeling like a zombie during the day. It's a vicious cycle - poor sleep leads to fatigue, and fatigue can mess with your sleep. Ugh!

  3. Stress Struggles: Life can be a tad overwhelming, right? Well, during perimenopause, your stress response can become more sensitive. That means everyday stressors can leave you feeling drained, mentally and physically.

  4. Metabolism Matters: Your metabolism might decide to slow down just when you wish it wouldn't. With age, it's common for your body to burn calories more slowly, which can make you feel sluggish and, you guessed it, fatigued.
    Find out how to boost your metabolism here.

  5. Iron Issues: Some women experience iron deficiency anemia during perimenopause. If you find yourself looking pale and feeling tired all the time, it might be worth getting your iron levels checked. Read more here about getting enough iron in perimenopause (and symptoms of iron deficiency). 

  6. Lifestyle Lately: Take a peek at your lifestyle. Are you fuelling your body with nutrient-packed foods and staying active? Sometimes, our habits (or lack thereof) can contribute to that fatigue funk.

So, what's a perimenopausal woman to do? Well, here are a few tips to help you combat the fatigue:

  1. Sleep Smart: Prioritise good sleep hygiene. Cool room, comfy PJs, and maybe a fan to keep those night sweats at bay. Learn more here how to get better sleep in perimenopause.

  2. Eat Right: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. Ditch the sugary snacks – they're not your friends. It’s all about balancing your blood sugar levels.

  3. Daily movement: Exercise can be your energy BFF. It might feel tough to get started, but even a short walk or a quick yoga session can do wonders.

  4. Stress Less: Find ways to manage stress, whether it's through meditation, deep breathing, or chatting with a friend. Your mind and body will thank you.

  5. Natural Supports: Our Peri Protein POWder with KSM-66 Ashwagandha helps:
    • Curb sugar cravings
    • Enhances the quality of your sleep
    • Sustains energy levels and
    • Improves endurance.

      A great way to start your day is with a
      Peri Busting Smoothie to give you the best nutrients to help you start the day with a sparkle.

  6. Iron Check: If you suspect an iron issue, get a blood test. Your health professional can recommend the right course of action if needed.

Remember, ladies, you're not alone on this perimenopause journey. Many of us are right there with you, experiencing the same fatigue, mood swings, and everything in between. Be kind to yourself, seek support when needed, and know that this too shall pass.

So, keep on truckin', stay fabulous, and don't let perimenopause fatigue steal your sparkle! You've got this! 💃✨

September 25, 2023 — Angela Greely

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