A Few Quick Questions:
- Do you sleep soundly at night, but wake up feeling exhausted?
- Are you so fatigued throughout the day that you feel you could (and sometimes do) fall asleep virtually any time you sit down – even when you’re in a meeting or while driving?
- Do you no longer have the energy to do the things you love?
- Is it often difficult to get through your day without a nap (or at least really wishing you could take one)?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, there’s a good chance your fatigue is not the run-of-the-mill “catch a few extra zzz’s” variety. Your fatigue may be thyroid related.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Your thyroid gland plays an instrumental role in countless body functions, from influencing your heart and respiratory rate, to regulating the rate at which calories are burned, to helping with growth, temperature regulation, fertility and digestion.
When hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) occurs, it means your thyroid is not producing enough hormones and your bloodstream is missing what it needs to keep your body running smoothly. The result is a major slowing down of many bodily systems – including those that affect your energy levels. It is very common for people with hypothyroidism to suffer from sluggishness, lack of energy, and serious fatigue.
Differentiating thyroid-related fatigue from “ordinary” fatigue can be tricky, but two experiences are the hallmark of hypothyroidism sufferers:
- Feeling tired even though you’re sleeping well.
- Experiencing exhaustion for no apparent reason.
What Can You Do?
If you’re experiencing thyroid-related fatigue, you may be desperate for more energy – but resist the urge to rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a solution! This will only provide short-term relief,as it does not address the true cause of your exhaustion – the lack of thyroid hormones in your bloodstream.
If you believe you may be experiencing hypothyroidism-related fatigue, you should consult a professional for diagnosis. By addressing your exhaustion at this foundational level, you may be able to restore your energy naturally and often permanently.