Is excessive sleepiness a symptom of menopause?
When I turned 40, I noticed I got a major surge of energy, and experienced endurance I'd never had in my younger years. But about a year or so ago, I noticed I tend to be excessively sleepy during the day, even after having an energy drink. I remember a really vital woman telling me she slowed after age 50, when she went through menopause. I even remember her falling asleep as I showed her a photo album! Is this what's happening to me? (I'm 54, and going through it.) If so, what can I do about it?
That sounds more like pre-diabetes to me. You may be becoming insulin-resistant mainly due to the lack of the trace minerals chromium and vanadium. Are you gaining weight? If so, this is another symptom of nutrient deficiency and the start of diabetes.
It may be connected with menapause, which I haven't studied closely. But, in either sex, diabetes is a risk and our available food supply adds to this risk because our agricultural soils are depleted.
If it is pre-diabetes, daily exercise, getting sugar AND artificial sweeteners out of your life, plus a complete daily vitamin/mineral supplement program will help you avoid the typical medical regimen of drugs, which don't address the cause of diabetes.
I cover several methods for avoiding diabetes at my site www.diabetes-symptoms-magic.com, if you decide this is a part of the problem.
Wow - scary! Both my grandmothers had diabetes. I HOPE this isn't it! I haven't gained weight recently, and I've been on a regular vitamin regimen since my mid-30s. I also exercise regularly. I'll get my blood sugar tested, just in case. Thanks!
I agree with Paul around the pre-diabetes possibility and would like to reassure you that there are many healthy ways to arrest and turn around diabetes these days that your grandmothers didn't know about. Cut out the animal fats. http://www.pcrm.org
If you are going through menopause, then you will experience all kinds of weird symptoms. But if you are experiencing excessive sleepiness during the day, you need to see a sleep specialist to find out what is causing it.
Mine was caused by severe sleep apnea. Now, I can sleep soundly all night long and not feel like I have to have a nap during the day. But there are other reasons for sleep deprivation aside from apnea, so best to get tested. It's a place to start anyway.
If the sleep specialists can find nothing wrong, you will need to see an internal medicine doctor and I would recommend a doctor of Osteopathy, a D.O. as they treat the whole body, not just specific symptoms.
D.O.s are trained in total nutrition as well as all the other medical things. M.D.s get zero training on nutrition and "holistic" medicine.
In the meantime, if it is possible, go ahead and take a power nap. It may be just what you need.
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