There is no magic about getting a good night’s sleep. But, there are reasons why you’re not and plenty you can do about it.
Key symptoms of thyroid problems include fatigue, severe exhaustion and not being able to sleep through the night for Hypothyroidism / Hashimoto’s Disease and Hyperthyroidism /Graves’ Disease
No matter which way your thyroid problems drag you, they are not keeping you asleep. An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism both make you feel exhausted and keep you from your necessary sleep.
You might feel a gradual or a quick onset of bone-numbing fatigue, leaving you barely able to lift your head off the pillow in the morning, or plopping back down on the bed after you try to get up – which I did for years.
If you feel like you can’t get through a day without a nap, or you need to sleep more than usual but still feel exhausted, you might have hypothyroidism. Check my Hypothyroidism Symptoms Checklist. One of the main reasons for this – outside of diet and low levels of vital vitamin and mineral intake – is that your hypothyroidism is untreated, or under-treated.
With or Without Thyroid Problems, Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
According to data released by the National Sleep Foundation, two out of every ten Americans sleep less than six hours a night, substantially less than the recommended 8 hours. The average person gets 7 hours of sleep a night, and 40% of adults say that they are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with their daily activities.
I know I need 8+ hours of sleep a night. 9 out of 10 nights I wake up after only 2-3 hours of sleep (have to pee!) and go back to bed. After 7 months of treatment for hypothyroidism, and a night of help here and there with Melatonin to balance my brain for sleeping steady through the night – I’m doing better.
How can you help yourself to more sleep?
Let’s see how we do it to ourselves. Too many lattes, mocha’s, caffeine, alcohol, late night fatty foods, sugar, and distracting mobile and i-tech devices are just some of the reasons to blame for lack of good, deep, REM sleep. It’s important to remember that we have complete control over this list of reasons. But, if your thyroid isn’t functioning, it’s imperative you stop messing around with your health and nutrition and get your thyroid checked and take care of yourself!
Take care of yourself
Plan your day and evening to get to bed on time to get 8+ hours in. If you keep waking up in the night, you are not getting your needed REM sleep that is literally helping to restore your body overnight. If you have more than a few of the symptoms on the hypo or hyperthyroid lists, get checked and do what is necessary to get your health back.