It is no surprise that folks with sleep apnea have less energy due to the lack of quality sleep time. If you wake up hundreds of times each night it is impossible to feel refreshed and ready to go in the morning. Lack of energy can have a profound negative effect on your life. But sleep apnea isn’t the only thing that causes this lack of energy. There are other illnesses that zap your energy and there is one that has a connection with obstructive sleep apnea and that is hypothyroidism.
What is hypothyroidism?
According to WebMd.com hypothyroidism “means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy.” Another consequence of hypothyroidism is high cholesterol which is bad for your heart. Common symptoms of this disease are lack of energy, skin irritation, memory problems and not being able to be in the cold.
Thankfully, hypothyroidism is treatable with medications.
One of the side effects of hypothyroidism is obesity. As you know obesity is also common in sleep apnea sufferers. Another connection is that folks with this disorder also have a problem with an enlarged tongue, which is cause of sleep apnea because it blocks the airway in the back of the throat. Weakened throat muscles can contribute to sleep apnea and those with hypothyroidism lack energy and lose muscle strength. so there does seem to be some connections between hypothyroidism and sleep apnea.
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