10. Changing Sleep Patterns
Thyroid patients are also vulnerable to changes in their sleep cycle. They might find themselves extremely sleepy all the time or, on the flip-side, very alert even at rest time. Hypothyroidism is responsible for the former scenario, whereby the slowing of metabolism and bodily functions causes sluggishness and lethargy, leading to a desire to sleep. Hyperthyroidism produces excess energy in the body, leading to much restlessness and anxiety, leaving individuals awake at night time. The change in sleep patterns is a very noticeable sign, for it also impacts an individual’s functionality throughout the day. Problems with sleeping and alertness, when occurring in conjunction with one or more of the aforementioned symptoms of thyroid disease, must not be taken lightly.