Can hypothyroidism cause sleep problems?
Low thyroid function often causes sleep problems because the body’s cells can’t relax in a low thyroid state. It actually takes energy for the cells to relax.
If you have low thyroid function you are likely producing high amounts of adrenaline and cortisol. People with hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) often compensation for the low cellular energy production of hypothyroidism with the production of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol.
It is not uncommon for a hypothyroid person to produce 20 times more adrenalin compared to a person with good thyroid function. Adrenalin increases the pulse rate and can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Is Your Thyroid To Blame For Your Sleep Issues?
Sleep problems where there is a tendency to wake up frequently is linked to low blood sugar during the night, and low blood sugar issues are often caused by hypothyroidism.
If you have issues with low blood sugar it is important to take a look at your thyroid function, as well as having a bedtime meal. Often it is recommended not to eat before bed, but actually eating a small meal before bedtime can improve sleep, as it stabilizes blood sugar and prevents the rise of the stress hormones that wake you up.
Salt and Sugar improve sleep
A good bedtime meal for improving sleep is a meal that has salt and sugar, such as salty crackers with milk and honey, ice cream with a bit of salt, fruit juice with cheese. You can learn more about meals for good sleep and thyroid function in our meal guide.
How To Improve Sleep
A night of good sleep is important for your overall health and well being. If your sleep pattern gets disrupted you are likely to have several health issues as a result.
If you have serious sleep issues, it is important to take a look at thyroid function and, you can use BiochemNordic’s Thyroid Test to evaluate if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.
Diet is very important for your health including your sleep. We recommend BiochemNordic’s thyroid promoting diet principles, for improving thyroid function, hormonal balance, prevent stress and inflammation, and improve sleep.
If you have serious sleep issues, that is a sign something is out of balance and should be attended to. A consultation session with our thyroid specialist could be a good idea.