Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About myPCOSteam
Real members of myPCOSteam have posted questions and answers that support our community guidelines, and should not be taken as medical advice. Looking for the latest medically reviewed content by doctors and experts? Visit our resource section.

Whats The Difference Between General Sleepiness And Fatigue?

Whats The Difference Between General Sleepiness And Fatigue?

How do I know whether I’m tired during the day because of fatigue due to PCOS or because of bad sleeping habits?

A myPCOSteam Member said:

To find out, you must experiment and test! I would say first off you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of sleep apnea. That is common with PCOS so determining that will help you move forward. I would also recommend you download the sleep cycle app. You just turn the app on and set it next to your bed and it tracks sleep quality. Then you can add variables to see how your sleeping and determine what improves or negatively affects your sleep.
I struggled with fatigue for years before I figured it out. Some things I found that helped were not eating late at night. You should really strive to not eat at least 3 hours before bed. Also, eliminating screens before bed. I try to avoid all phones, laptops, and tv's an hour before I go to bed. It's crazy but the light emitted from these devices actually tricks your internal clocks and messes up your circadian rhythm. It can even inhibit your body's production of melatonin which helps you sleep. I know it sounds stupid and annoying, but it made such a difference for me. Lastly, the biggest breakthrough I had with no more fatigue was focusing on my gut health. I did a lot of research into a well-studied probiotic before choosing one and man did it make a difference. I never had so much energy during the day before. Now I eat prebiotic and probiotic supporting foods as well and I feel 1000 times better. I even remember telling myself, wow this must be what normal people feel like

posted about 4 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I use to feel tired all the time but then i had a sleep study done and found i have sleep apnia and now i use a cpap i feel great

posted about 4 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

If you take a probiotic and or prebiotic supplement, what is the supplement name?

posted about 4 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I second what is said above. Get tested for sleep apnea, there are some studies that have shown there are links between PCOS and sleep apnea. Then there is screen time - I got blue light filtering glasses off Amazon, use them 2 hours before bed, & they help a lot. I also found Metformin brought me down, as does Femara, so I just tolerate the side effects of both out of sheer willpower. Even with all of this, I am more tired than most other people.

posted about 4 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I was diagnosed with pcos when I was 18 since pretty much the age of about 20 I've suffered from extreme tiredness especially during the day. I've been to lots of Dr's appointments about it and all they ever put it down to is one of the many effects of pcos hugs. X

posted about 4 years ago
Already a Member? Log in