Is it hard to get through the day without a nap or an afternoon coffee? Do you find yourself crashing during the afternoon or early evening? Do you wish you had more energy for exercise or socializing? Everyone gets tired, but fatigue is not the result of overexertion and is not alleviated by sleep or rest. If you are tired, can’t sleep or do get sleep and wake up still feeling tired, you could be fatigued.
Fatigue can affect at least some, if not all, areas of your life significantly and can be a sign of many things. However, the Mayo clinic suggests that if it’s partnered with other symptoms such as weight gain, brain fog, hair loss, or sensitivity to cold it could mean that you have a thyroid issue.
Your Thyroid Could Be Causing Your Fatigue
Dr. Klein from Complete Care Health Centers explains what your thyroid is and why it could be making you tired. He says that “the thyroid gland is at the base of the neck, just above the collar bone. Thyroid hormone acts like the accelerator pedal on your metabolism. It effects bodily functions.” Basically, the thyroid can either speed up your metabolism (making you have too much energy) or completely slow it down (causing fatigue).
If you can’t explain your fatigue and/or are experiencing weight gain, it could be that you have hypothyroidism. Also known as low thyroid, this condition has been on the rise. The dangers of this go beyond your metabolism, however. Dr. Klein says that “low thyroid has been shown, by itself, to increase risk of heart disease.” More serious issues could occur if the issue goes unchecked.
Get On Your Way To Feeling Better
Getting your thyroid tested could be the answer you’ve been looking for if you have low energy in the late afternoon or early evening. Speak to your physician if you are feeling fatigued. We want you to get on your way to feeling your best!