Fatigued during PMS (premenstrual syndrome)? Can't keep your eyes open during the morning school run? Falling asleep at your desk? No energy even to shop? You're not alone. PMS fatigue affects many women in the latter stages of each monthly cycle. Luckily, PMS fatigue generally only last for a few days at most.
PMS fatigue results from changes in levels of certain hormones (estrogen, progesterone) and neurotransmitters (serotonin, beta-endorphins etc.) during the last phase of the menstrual cycle. Not all women will be affected by PMS fatigue, but for those who are, these rhythmical biochemical changes during PMS can result in both mental and physical fatigue. The good news is that the best way to deal with PMS fatigue is not to fight it! Listen to your body and rest. Let's face it ' when else do most women get the chance of a valid reason for snuggling on the sofa with a comfy cushion or staying under the duvet? PMS fatigue is part of the body's normal response to the changes that occur during PMS. Like any other signal your body may give you, listen to it and respond appropriately. Don't get frustrated, upset or angry that your energy and spark disappears for a few days a month. Instead, stay comfortable and rest as much as you can until PMS fatigue passes.
Gentle exercise, drinking lots of fluids and a diet rich in complex carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, whole wheat and whole grain foods) will help to combat excessive fatigue during PMS, boosting your energy and helping mental concentration. Don't be tempted to turn to coffee or caffeinated drinks as a remedy for fatigue during PMS as this can worsen other side effects such as bloating, mood swings and anxiety and insomnia.