BOTY_2018_Online_webpage_header_recipient-1.png

Alaska Sleep Education Center

The Thyroid-Sleep Connection, Part 2

Posted by Cammi Balleck on Oct 10, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Written by Cammi Balleck, CTN, ANCB Board Certified Naturopath

Did you know that sleep is an essential part of optimal health?

Read More

Topics: thyroid, fatigue, weight, apnea

The Thyroid-Sleep Connection

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Oct 9, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones. Women are more likely to have hypothyroidism as it upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body. Thyroid disorders are common affecting about 12 percent of Americans at some point during their lives.

 

According to healthline.com, the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that drapes across the front of your windpipe. For an idea on location, you will feel your thyroid by placing two fingers on the side of your windpipe. After swallowing, the gland slides under your fingers.

 

The gland releases a thyroid hormone, which controls the growth and metabolism of essentially every part of your body. The pituitary gland in the middle of your head monitors your physiology and releases thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is the signal to the thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone (1).

 

“Sometimes TSH levels increase, but the thyroid gland can't release more thyroid hormone in response. This is known as primary hypothyroidism, as the problem begins at the level of the thyroid gland. Other times, TSH levels decrease, and the thyroid never receives the signal to increase thyroid hormone levels. This is called secondary hypothyroidism.”

 

Though there is not one direct symptom of hypothyroidism, outside weight gain or fatigue patients may experience:

Read More

Topics: sleep apnea, fatigue, thyroid

Subscribe to our Blog

Alaska Sleep Clinic's Blog

Our weekly updated blog aims to provide you with answers and information to all of your sleeping questions.

New Call-to-action
Got Sleep Troubles

New Call-to-action

New Call-to-action

 

Popular Articles

Posts by Topic

see all