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Does your thyroid level affect your sleep?

Does your thyroid level affect your sleep?

It varies: Someone with high thyroid levels might have insomnia, so that they would be able to sleep for a short time, and might be very restless in their sleep. But they may feel that they need less sleep, too. Low thyroid levels can make people want more sleep than usual. Low thyroid levels can also raise the risk for sleep apnea with loud snoring, brief periods of no breathing, and poor sleep quality. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes extreme exhaustion? Needing like 15 hrs of sleep a day to function. Thyroid levels are normal. Could it be cancer?

What causes extreme exhaustion? Needing like 15 hrs of sleep a day to function. Thyroid levels are normal. Could it be cancer?

Can be many things.: There can be many reasons. One can be anemia, which can result from colorectal cancer, or iron deficiency or some other underlying cause. Another can be infection, which can complicate cancer. Lack of nutrition can play a role. It can even still be thyroid, because in sick euthyroid syndrome, there can be impaired conversion of thyroid hormone. More endocrine work-up/tests may be needed. ...Read more

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I can't sleep, im not wrried /strssd I hve 1/2 of thyroid im not hungry what is this?

I can't sleep, im not wrried /strssd I hve 1/2 of thyroid im not hungry what is this?

May be steroid pack: I notice you are taking a steroid 5 day pack. One of the side effects of steroid is insomnia which may be the cause. It's unlikely your thyroid issue is related to your insomnia, however, you should have routine blood work to follow your thyroid hormones (e.g. every 6-12 months or more frequently if taking thyroid replacement with dose adjustment). ...Read more

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Can thyroid problems cause sleep issues?

Can thyroid problems cause sleep issues?

Yes: If you're hypothyroid (underactive) you may well be tired all the time because you will feel like you're "out of gas". If you are hyperthyroid, you may suffer from insomnia which will also make you feel tired. Additionally, being on "overdrive" all the time with an over active thyroid will also leave you feeling tired. ...Read more

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I been sleeping a lot could my thyroid be out of wack?

I been sleeping a lot could my thyroid be out of wack?

Perhaps: While thyroid dysfunction could be an options, sleep deprivation, poor sleep, fatigue, depression and stress (just to name a few), could cause hypersomnia. See your doc for a physical and tell he/she what other symptoms you might be having. ...Read more

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How does taking 2mg of melatonin nightly for sleep affect my thyroid? Will it improve thyroid function or worsen it?

How does taking 2mg of melatonin nightly for sleep affect my thyroid? Will it improve thyroid function or worsen it?

Melatonin: Can affect sugar levels or blood pressure or liver function or moods, but I am not aware of direct effects on thyroid. ...Read more

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Recieved 100mgc levo for my high thyroid years ago I was taking 25 mgc this 100mgc is making me sleep and sick to my stomache?

Recieved 100mgc levo for my high thyroid years ago I was taking 25 mgc this 100mgc is making me sleep and sick to my stomache?

Check TSH: This is not a typical side effect of this medication. You could possibly take a lower dose but...... The correct replacement dose of levothyroxine is the one that keeps your TSH normalized. Normal is debatable and varies between labs but most experts think you should be above 0.4 and below about 2.5. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems with sleeping?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue and daytime sleepiness. The real question is whether your thyroid condition is affecting your sleep as there are many factors which can goof up sleep. A sleep specialist could help sort that out. ...Read more

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I have been extremely tired, unable to sleep at night, and have gained excessive weight. Could I have symptoms of a thyroid problem?

I have been extremely tired, unable to sleep at night, and have gained excessive weight. Could I have symptoms of a thyroid problem?

Possibly: These symptoms are consistent with a thyroid disorder, but they could be due to other conditions instead. A medical checkup would be a good start to track down the cause (s). Hypothyroidism, if this seems likely after a good medical exam, can be confirmed with blood tests. ...Read more

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Lately, I've been sleeping 5 hours and waking up every hour for past weeks. Could lots of changes in life cause this? I also have thyroid disorder.

Lately, I've been sleeping 5 hours and waking up every hour for past weeks. Could lots of changes in life cause this? I also have thyroid disorder.

Yes, stress can: Cause problems with sleep. Have thyroid regularly monitored. Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put. ...Read more

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I have kidney and thyroid disease, I am so sleepy durning the day but I can't sleep at night. Is there any thing I can do to help me.

I have kidney and thyroid disease, I am so sleepy durning the day but I can't sleep at night. Is there any thing I can do to help me.

Daytime sleepiness: You have a sleep disorder. You can request an evaluation by a sleep disorder clinic in order to see why you cannot sleep well. You may have sleep apnea or some other treatable disorder. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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My mom has thyroid issues. She can't sleep, sweats, thyr. Hurts, feels 'pumped' up. Bloodtests show her thyr. Works too slow, symptoms aren't correct.

My mom has thyroid issues. She can't sleep, sweats, thyr. Hurts, feels 'pumped' up. Bloodtests show her thyr. Works too slow, symptoms aren't correct.

Get proper tests: It sounds like your mom is hyperthyroid, but if her thyroid hurts she might well have thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition. With thyroiditis sometimes the thyroid may be overactive alternating with underactive. Ask her doctors to check anti-thyroid antibodies and when her symptoms are strong check her free t3, (liothyronine) the most sensitive test of thyroid function which for some reason most docs seldom test. ...Read more

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Is it safe to actually expect that my sleeping issues from thyroid problems can get better?

Is it safe to actually expect that my sleeping issues from thyroid problems can get better?

Yes: The short answer is yes. It's not uncommon to have insomnia or sleep adjustment problems during the initial phase of treatment. Stay the course and follow your doctors advise. It will get better. ...Read more

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My body feels heavylike inwater specially after physical exercise, did thyroid, sugar, blood tests allfine I have exams sleep schedulemessed maybe this?

My body feels heavylike inwater specially after physical exercise, did thyroid, sugar, blood tests allfine I have exams sleep schedulemessed maybe this?

Unlikely: Simply feeling heavy in water is not enough of a symptom to worry about. If you have much more going on return to your doctor and discuss it at length. She will be able to steer you in the right direction to even include stress related difficulties, anxieties, or obsessive thoughts. Hope you start feeling much better soon. ...Read more

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