"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

~ American College of Endocrinology

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THYROID DISEASE IS KILLING US

More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

Are you one?

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Thyroid Symptoms – Sleep Problems

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.

6 comments to Thyroid Symptoms – Sleep Problems

  • Deb Stepan

    Thank you for the information! I will be visiting your sites more. I am sure my problems relate to my migraines, but your information relates totally and has given me a positive motivation.
    Deb Stepan

  • Iam diagnosed with hypothyroidism.I cannot sleep at night and losing weight steadily.Please suggest natural and corrective diet change to improve my sleep.

    Thanks.

    • kim

      Odd that you’re losing weight. It sounds like you have hyperthyroidism.

      Either way, it’s not just diet.

      If you don’t specifically know a thyroid trained practitioner in your area (regular doctors cannot help you) go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

      You can also start to eat the Thyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately. Regular doctors are not trained in this so are not telling you what to do.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

  • joanne

    I have an underactive thyroid I cant sleep I’m on medication when will the medication let me sleep

    • kim

      I don’t know what kind of medication you’re on, but if you’re talking about thyroid hormone replace medication, it will not be your answer. And, others will only be a bandade.

      You need a full lab test specific to thyroid function issues that do affect sleep and over 70 other symptoms.

      If you don’t specifically know a thyroid trained practitioner in your area go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily.

      You also need to eat a Thyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet. You can start on this yourself immediately.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately. Your doctors are not trained in this so are not telling you what to do.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

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