A Daily Plan to Fight Hypothyroidism Fatigue


Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. Medication can help you feel better, but a few tweaks to your daily routine can also help you keep your energy up throughout the day when you have hypothyroidism fatigue.

“It’s all about the lifestyle,” says Beatriz Olson, MD, an endocrinologist in Middlebury, Connecticut, who has worked with the Yale School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. “You are what you eat, what you do, and what you think.”

Regardless of the cause of your hypothyroidism — the autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, having had your thyroid surgically removed, or a less common type of the condition — here’s your plan for all-day energy to relieve your thyroid fatigue.


Wake up around the same time every day. Give yourself a good start. “The body does better when you sleep in a regular pattern, so for anyone with hypothyroidism — or not — waking up at nearly the same time can be helpful,” says Rachel Abrams, MD, MHS, director of Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in California. “That doesn’t mean that you should wake yourself up at 7 a.m. even if you’re sleep deprived and went to bed at 2 in the morning. It’s more important to be well-rested than to get up at the same time, but it can be helpful in sleeping more regularly and more deeply.”


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