Hypothyroidism sleep problems are just as common as the fatigue symptom of hypothyroidism. Recall the times when you’ve stayed up for hours just waiting for yourself to fall asleep and when you finally do, you end up waking up 3 hours earlier in the middle of the night.
Sleep is a huge part of your well-being and it’s the time when the body needs to recuperate. While this may be a simple fix to a symptom of hypothyroidism, it can be difficult for some to do.
Hypothyroidism Sleep Problems And Solutions
1. Low-Quality Sleep
Those with hypothyroidism usually have high levels of cortisol even during night time when these levels are supposed to be low which makes it extremely difficult to sleep soundly at night. This abnormal adrenal function causes you to stay awake for long periods of time or wake up about 2-3 hours after falling asleep.
Low cortisol can also have the same effects as the adrenal gland produces excess hormones to make up for the decreased levels of cortisol in the body.
2. Health Risks Due To Lack of Sleep
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Apart from the common hypothyroidism symptom of fatigue, there are more health risks due to lack of sleep. If the symptom of fatigue goes on without being addressed and you don’t get enough sleep, it can cause many other issues such as obesity, heart disease, headaches, depression, late reaction time, and earlier mortality.
3. Getting Enough Hours Of Sleep
People under the impression that fatigue caused by hypothyroidism is just something you have to live with needs to know that you can alleviate the fatigue! Getting enough sleep may be the obvious answer but a lot of people who don’t get the sleep they require are only making it harder for their body to recuperate.
The amount of sleep you need depends on your age where toddlers and preschoolers need about 10-14 hours of sleep, elementary and high school students need about 8-11 hours, and adults, both old and young, need 7-9 hours of sleep.
4. Tips To Manage Your Sleeping Pattern
While sleep may be a simple fix to hypothyroidism, it can be difficult for some to do. Fortunately, there are a lot of tips you can try to have a more proper sleep pattern despite your thyroid condition.
Going to bed at the same time every day, regardless of it being a weekday or weekend, will adjust your body clock to make it easier to fall asleep under a normal pattern. Naps can disturb this pattern, so, as horrible as it sounds, you need to avoid naps to have an easier time falling asleep at night!
5. Melatonin Supplement Before Bed
Some people have also found it helpful to take a melatonin supplement before going to bed to have better sleep. Melatonin is a hormone made by a small gland in the brain that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. A melatonin supplement before bedtime can help you get some better sleep to get rid of your fatigue.
Watch this video from EastWest Healing to find out the connection between sleep apnea and hypothyroidism!
It is important to remember that the solution to some symptoms, in this case, fatigue isn’t always alleviated by an increase in your thyroid medication. Something as simple as getting proper and enough hours of sleep can go a long way in your hypothyroidism treatment.
Have you tried other tips to get a better night’s sleep? Share them with us in the comments below!