Thyroid and fatigue: Why you feel tired
It’s possible that you always feel tired, and all the blame goes to a long and tiring day. Feeling tired, overly exhausted and lethargic even though you did not do something too physically demanding is something we feel a lot in our busy lives.
And we probably end up attributing it to long travel times between work and home, constantly worrying about deadlines and the stress in our everyday life. If you are feeling the same, you are definitely not alone.
Did you know that if you’re always feeling tired, even if you had a good night’s sleep and rest, it could be due to a thyroid disorder? And did you know that, with the right diagnosis, your doctor can actually help you get better and manage your thyroid disorder and your energy levels better too?
Does thyroid make you feel tired?
The thyroid gland produces a host of hormones that are responsible for various functions in your body. If this gland does not work the way it is supposed to, your entire system can go out of balance.
In fact, you may also notice a change in the levels of fatigue that you notice through the day.
Fluctuating levels of feeling tired
If you have a thyroid disorder, it can affect the quality of your sleep. You may have trouble feeling asleep, or you may frequently wake up and not be able to sleep properly through the night. This can leave you feeling really tired in the day, and sometimes, can also cause aches and pains in your muscles and joints.
The levels of fatigue can also vary from person to person. You may sometimes work very hard to complete a deadline, even when you are feeling really tired, but then reach your burning point and not be able to do anything more for the next day or two. In some cases, you may not be able to function at all on days when you are feeling especially tired.
Taking care of thyroid fatigue
If you too feel tired a lot, no matter what the reasons you may think, make sure to speak to your doctor. Your doctor will most likely ask you to get a few thyroid blood tests done, which can help you both reach the right diagnosis.
Once your doctor knows the reason behind your fatigue, if it is a thyroid condition, they will guide you about medications and the next treatment steps. If it is not, your doctor will still check the cause and guide you accordingly.