A common complaint among women in perimenopause is an overwhelming sense of fatigue and exhaustion, often described as crashing fatigue. Many women tend to chalk it up, however, as the result of sleepless nights associated with night sweats and insomnia.
While it is certainly true that insomnia and sleepless nights are a contributing factor to crashing fatigue in perimenopause, it is adrenal fatigue, an often overlooked factor in exhaustion during perimenopause which could very well be the bigger culprit.
The Basic Function of Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are two walnut sized endocrine organs located just above the kidneys. Comprised of the inner-medulla and the outer-cortex, the adrenals work in tandem and play a key role in our body’s response to stress by releasing three hormones: adrenaline (norepinephrine), cortisol and DHEA.