Hypothyroidism is a pathological process that is characterized by a hormonal deficiency in the thyroid gland. Today, the disease is quite rare – in one case out of a thousand in men, and in 12 cases in women.The cunning of this disease lies in the difficulty of diagnosing it. A person can live with pathology for many years and not be aware of its existence.
The main symptom of pronounced and long-term hypothyroidism is a change in appearance – swelling of the face, yellowness of the skin, alienation of the eye, “poor facial expressions”. In addition, there is an active hair loss, impaired speech, obesity, constipation, heart disease and blood vessels. In severe cases, uterine bleeding, the development of secondary adenoma, hypothyroid coma (mainly in older people with a prolonged course of hypothyroidism) are observed.
With this disease, the nervous system also suffers. With pronounced hypothyroidism, there is a decrease in memory and intelligence. Sometimes doctors diagnose depression and insomnia.
Why do sleep disorders appear in hypothyroidism?
Insomnia and hypothyroidism are indeed closely related. For a long time, doctors have proven that a deficiency of thyroid hormones has a negative impact on the quality of sleep. According to statistics, 15% of people diagnosed with the disease suffer from insomnia and frequent awakenings during night rest.
Important! The thyroid gland produces elements that are involved in the regulation of the conditioned reflex function of the central nervous system, and affect human behavioral factors.
In addition, thyroid hormones are responsible for:
- the speed of information processing;
- the ability of a person to concentrate on a short and long period of time;
- the speed of human response to a specific situation;
Important! Since insomnia is an accompanying symptom of many pathological processes, many people do not even suspect the development of hypothyroidism. Therefore, for sleep disorders, you should contact the doctor who will conduct laboratory tests and on their basis will identify hormonal disorders.
Only a biochemical blood test will allow to diagnose the disease at the initial stage, which will contribute to the rapid deliverance from it.
With a lack of hormones produced by the thyroid gland, the following disorders in the nervous system occur:
- Inability to fall asleep.
- A person can not remember what happened yesterday or lost memories from childhood, that is, there are violations in the long-term and short-term memory.
- Sleep becomes superficial, even the slightest rustle may contribute to the awakening.
- Concentration of attention is broken.
- Worsening the speed of information processing.
- There is a strong drowsiness, weakness, fatigue, inability to perform usual duties and affairs.
It is not necessary that all these symptoms point to hypothyroidism. Therefore, to exclude the development of the disease, you need to go to the endocrinologist.
What to do?
Currently, there are many drugs that successfully fight the disease. The main method of treatment is replacement therapy, that is, the introduction or administration of L-thyroxine – preparations of thyroid hormones.
In hypothyroidism, which is accompanied by insomnia, it is recommended to combine basic medical treatment with the use of traditional medicines.
To improve sleep, it is necessary to use the following collections of plants:
Take valerian grass, lemon balm, mint, lavender flowers, hops, millennial and adonis. Ingredients must be in equal quantities. 2 tbsp. l Vegetable mixture should be poured into a glass container and pour boiling water – 500 ml. Next, the container is covered with gauze. Infusion should not get enough for 20-30 minutes. For the treatment of hypothyroidism and getting rid of insomnia take half a cup four times a day.
For the following recipe, you will need hawthorn, lemon balm, sage, mistletoe, 1 leaf of strawberries, European Zyuznik, plantain. Plants are taken in equal quantities. 2 tbsp. l the mixture is poured into a jar of glass, 500 ml of boiling water is poured. The medicine must be full for half an hour. Then the infusion is filtered and taken 4 times a day for half a glass.
Take in equal quantities mint, valerian, motherwort, hawthorn. All plants cut as small as possible. 1 tbsp. l Pour mixture into a glass and pour 250 ml of boiling water. Cover with gauze, leave for half an hour to saturate, filter and use half a glass 2 times a day for insomnia and thyroid disease.
For this recipe, you will need mint, hops and valerian root. The last ingredients will need 1 part, mint – 2 parts. Grind the plants and fill them with 2 cups of boiling water. Hold for 30 minutes to saturate, strain and consume half a glass three times a day. Duration of treatment for hypothyroidism, accompanied by insomnia, and nervousness – 1 month.
For sleep disorders, it is recommended to drink hawthorn infusions and valerian root. The last will need 10 grams. All you need is to fill it with 1 cup of boiling water and allow the infusion to get enough for 10 minutes. Take 20 ml 6 times a day.
As for hawthorn, it is recommended to prepare an alcohol-based infusion from it. Take a tablespoon of hawthorn and fill it with 70% alcohol (1:10 ratio). Put the future medicine in a dark place for a week. Do not forget to tightly cover it with a lid. Drink 15-20 drops before meals 3-5 times a day.
To eliminate problems with sleep, it is recommended to follow a few helpful tips:
- Do not watch bedtime mind and psyche movies.
- Do not play computer games.
- Do not eat for 3-4 hours before night rest.
- Ventilate the bedroom before bedtime, provide cool and moist air.
- Take a walk before night rest in the fresh air.
Do not think about the bad. Adjust yourself to positive emotions. This will help the bath on the basis of herbs, calm music, warm herbal drink with chamomile, mint, melissa, valerian.
If necessary, you can take a soothing drug on a plant-based.
Important! For insomnia, do not take sleeping pills. This can exacerbate an already difficult situation.
Insomnia often accompanies hypothyroidism. Therefore, in case of frequent problems with falling asleep, immediately send to a doctor and give an analysis of the biochemical composition of blood in order to detect the disease at the initial stage and quickly eliminate it.