Welcome back to the Pollack Wellness Institute blog! If you have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid, you are probably well aware of the sleep disturbances often associated with this condition. Because the thyroid gland in your endocrine system produces hormones which affect your sleep, this link causes sleep interruptions for people who have an underactive thyroid. In part one of this blog series, we began looking at ways to improve your sleep by practicing healthy habits such as finding ways to relax, sleeping in a comfortable temperature, avoiding late meals before bed, sleeping in posture-conscious positions, and getting acupuncture with us at our wellness center to encourage relaxation and better sleep. Following these sleep improvement tips can enhance the effectiveness of your hypothyroid treatments, too. Today, we will look at five more ways those people with hypothyroidism can improve their sleep.
Maintain a Sleep Schedule
One of the best things you can do to improve your sleep is to keep a regular sleep schedule. This can help your body and mind stay on a regular routine to ensure you’re getting plenty of restful sleep. Be sure to get to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
While we all need a little caffeine boost during the day, drinking stimulating beverages such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, and alcohol can keep your mind and body from relaxing when it’s time for bed. Try to limit your consumption of these stimulants during the day. A good rule of thumb is to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m. so that the caffeine has a chance to leave your system at night when it’s time to go to sleep.
Eat Regular, Healthy Meals
Along with keeping a regular sleeping routine, you will also benefit from maintaining a healthy diet while eating regular meals (eating three times a day with healthy snacks in between meals). Eating regular, balanced meals can help minimize fatigue and reduce exhaustion.
Have a Small, Healthy Snack
In our last blog post, we recommended not eating before bed to ensure better sleep; however, we also recognize that sometimes, you just need a snack before bed. But rather than munching on salty, greasy potato chips or sugary-sweet cookies before bed, reach instead for a handful of lightly salted nuts or whole-grain crackers with a dab of peanut butter. Eating a small amount of carbohydrates and protein can balance out your blood sugar levels while you sleep.
Invest in a Good Mattress
Sleeping on a good mattress can do wonders for your sleep. Mattresses generally last for about 10 years, but sleep experts recommend replacing your mattress after five to seven years for better, more comfortable sleep.
Hypothyroid Treatment in Long Island
These are just a few more ways people with hypothyroidism can better manage their sleep while reducing other associated symptoms of an underactive thyroid. If you would like to begin natural hypothyroid treatments in Long Island to help manage your symptoms, contact us at Pollack Wellness Center today. Our team of experts is here to help you feel better while managing your thyroid condition with safe, effective, and natural hypothyroid treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga. Call us today to get started!