How can thyroid problems affect my sleep?

Terry W. Smith, MD
Family Medicine
Low thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause depression-like symptoms and fatigue. Hyperthyroidism can cause heat intolerance and palpitations, which could cause the patient to awaken at night.
Both an underactive and an overactive thyroid can affect your sleep habits. Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, can cause fatigue, lack of energy, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, can cause anxiety, rapid heart rate, and insomnia. You may have difficulty falling asleep, or wake up often in the middle of the night. Sleep disturbances, left untreated, can lead to fatigue, decreased productivity, and mood changes. If you have a thyroid problem and are experiencing sleep disturbances, make sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
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Diseases of thyroid function: Hypothyroidism
Links have been found between hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and restless sleep. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are as rapid pulse and high blood pressure which can cause movement at night, waking individuals from REM.

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