Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Run out of energy in the afternoon? Need an extra cup of coffee to keep going? All of the above? If you are feeling tired all the time, your lack of energy might very well be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance, affecting perhaps 80% of women in perimenopause and menopause. Many women attribute it to age, as though it were inevitable.
Take note: fatigue is not inevitable! There is a lot you can do to increase your energy naturally, whether you are 20 or 50 or 90!
So let's take a look at the underlying causes of fatigue, starting with their origins in hormonal imbalance. Disrupted sleep is a common cause of daytime fatigue. Worry, anxiety and depression keep women of all ages on high alert, tossing and turning throughout the night. Hot flashes and night sweats caused by hormonal imbalance and resulting in disrupted sleep lead inevitably to fatigue. Adrenal insufficiency due to stress, poor diet choices, or the effects of perimenopause on thyroid function and melatonin synthesis also leads directly to fatigue. And believe it or not, just sitting around yes, lack of physical activity can sap your body of its vigour. You have to use energy to have energy!
Poor diet and nutrition are often behind hormonal imbalance and the resulting lack of energy. This is especially true of women who diet sporadically or follow low-fat, high-carb eating plans. These women often suffer from insulin resistance, which disrupts their body’s glucose/energy metabolism. They get a burst of energy from high-carb foods, but quickly wilt, and need to start the whole cycle again.