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Fatigue and tiredness

Many women experience unexplained fatigue or tiredness. This may be related to sleep disturbance and/or fatigue from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

During menopause, disrupted or reduced sleep is the major cause of fatigue and tiredness. Regardless of what’s causing tiredness, exercise can help reduce the symptoms.

What can help with fatigue and tiredness?

  • Establish a gentle regular exercise program, varying the exercise to avoid getting bored.
  • Women who haven’t exercised for a while or have other medical conditions should ask their GP about the type and amount of exercise to undertake.
  • Increase activity levels gradually.
  • Exercising with a friend can help keep women motivated.
  • Women who are experiencing significant fatigue should take on a small activity, followed by a rest period, followed by another activity.
  • Avoid long periods resting in bed as this will only increase fatigue.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink enough water to avoid feeling thirsty (dehydration can cause fatigue).