Ways to Improve Your Sleep Quality When Suffering from Thyroid Fatigue

5971313456_10a45bbac6_bAccording to the National Sleep Foundation the required amount of sleep for most adults is a minimum of seven to eight hours each night. Without this amount, you are left feeling fatigued.

If you’re suffering from thyroid fatigue, it isn’t usually because you’re not sleeping enough. You may be sleeping the required amount. The problem is that your sleep quality is poor. You don’t have sleep that allows you to feel refreshed in the morning. You sleep enough, but still wake up feeling tired as if you didn’t sleep at all.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure you get optimal thyroid treatment for your condition. The treatment should address any sleep disorders, food sensitivities, and imbalances in iron levels which cause unrefreshing sleep.

For those who lead a busy lifestyle, as many of us do, suffering from fatigue can interfere with all aspects of your life. You may suffer on the job because you are weak or unable to focus. Relationships can suffer because you may become impatient or irritable.

Having quality sleep can make a difference. It can help you to fight the symptom of thyroid fatigue. Since quality sleep is imperative, here are a few tips that should help you sleep better:

  • Keep the same sleep schedule—Many adults burn the midnight oil during the week. Your work schedule may require you to get up early, and often to stay up late finishing projects. Then, on the weekends, you want to sleep in and get as much sleep as you can. Having the same sleep schedule each day, can help regulate your body’s sleep patterns and increase the quality of your sleep.
  • Keep your bedroom cool—Studies have found the optimal level for sleep temperatures is 60-68 degrees.
  • Don’t watch television or work in your bedroom—Keep it as a place to relax.
  • Avoid stimulates such as caffeine and alcohol both in the afternoon and before bedtime
  • Don’t take naps—You may feel so exhausted you want to, but try to push through until bedtime.
  • Don’t exercise after dinner time—Most people work out and run in the morning for a reason. It seems to get the body up and running. You don’t want that feeling when you are trying to sleep.
  • Take a relaxing hot shower or bath before bedtime
  • Avoid eating large meals before bedtime
  • Minimize light in your bedroom—Studies have found cool and dark gives the best sleeping environment. You can use blinds or blackout curtains to help. You will also want to turn off the television and computer at night. Even avoid illuminated clocks may interfere with sleep quality.
  • Don’t drink excessive liquid before bed—This can cause you to need to wake up for bathroom trips in the night.
  • Drink an herbal or relaxation tea at bedtime
  • Have a bedtime snack with protein—It has been found that high-protein foods such as two lean slices of meat or cheese, can have a sedative effect.

Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. This means sufficient hours and quality sleep. For those suffering from thyroid fatigue the above tips can help you achieve that goal.