5 Things You Should Do If Your Period Makes You Tired
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Many factors are involved in the process that triggers your period, such as hormonal variations and some day-to-day habits that affect it. But if you find that you feel very tired, even a few days before your period, we have some suggestions and tips for you.
Check Your Iron Levels
One of the most common causes of fatigue during your period is anemia, or at a less severe level, an iron deficiency. This occurs because blood, which is one of the components of menstrual flow, contains iron. If you lose a large amount of iron during your period and the one you ingest is not enough to replace it, you may have an imbalance. This won’t allow your muscles and organs to receive enough oxygen, which, in turn, tires you.
If you suspect that you may have an iron deficiency or that you are anemic, it is important to consult with your doctor to prevent any further complications or illnesses.
Both hormonal variations and loss of fluids during those days can make you dehydrated. So it is important that you keep your water bottle handy.
Dehydration can also be caused by not quenching your thirst. Yes, it may sound strange to you, but it is super common! What happens is that we often confuse thirst with hunger, and the first thing we do is eat. If you are craving something, it is best to first drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see how your body responds. You might find that you were actually thirsty, and not hungry for that tasty treat.
Don’t Let The Cravings Take Control
Cravings are a way in which the body tells us what it needs. But if you satisfy them with junk food or sweets, they can give you a boost of energy a little while, then when their effect wears off, the sugar levels drop rapidly, causing you to feel tired. On the other hand, if you eat healthy fats (such as avocados) and vitamins (found in fruits and vegetables), you help your body process nutrients better and it gives you the fuel you need to stay active.
Maintain Healthy Sleeping Habits
Fatigue is also likely due to not getting enough rest. It is possible to have insomnia due to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). You may feel like you have to wake up from time to time to check your pad, or the discomfort that comes with PMS does not let you go into deep sleep.
Keep Track of Your Periods
If we do not keep track of our periods, we may miss some important signals because we assume they are normal and on track. For example, you may not notice that your period is a lot heavier than it was last month, and this may actually be the cause of your tiredness - iron deficiency due to a heavy period, as we mentioned earlier. If your flow is heavier than usual, make sure to consult your doctor.
And take a nap if you need to! Taking an emergency nap for about 20 to 30 minutes can help you recover some of that lost energy, just make sure you find a safe and quiet place. Happy napping!