Since having thyroid and adrenal problems, I’ve found mornings to be the hardest time of day by far. They’re indescribably difficult, although they never used to be, pre-chronic illness days. I was one of those weird kids (and teenagers) who woke up early on weekends and jumped out of bed with energy. I could get going early in the morning without much of an issue, but these days, I wake up feeling low in mood, groggy, foggy-headed, nauseas and generally just bleh.
So for a while now, I’ve wanted to try a ‘wake-up lamp’ to see if it helps with this. What the hell is a wake-up lamp? you ask. Well.
Continue reading “I Tried a Wake-Up Light to See If It Helped Me with Fatigue on Early Mornings”
Travelling with a chronic illness can seem daunting. Especially if you also have specific dietary requirements and/or your medication isn’t conventional.
So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt since having hypothyroidism and travelling around the world.
I wrote this post back in November last year, but scheduled it to post this summer in preparation for all of you going on your hols!
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On thyroid medication and still feel rubbish? Wondering if there’s anything else you should try/investigate to see if it would help how you feel?
For many of us, it’s like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. These could be the other pieces to yours.
Continue reading “Hypothyroid Patient Checklist”
If you have thyroid issues (especially Hashimoto’s), adrenal fatigue, insomnia or trouble sleeping, anxiety etc. it’s important to be aware of the impact of coffee on your thyroid and thyroid medications.
Continue reading “Caffeine and Your Thyroid”
A common symptom that hypothyroid patients have is waking up not feeling refreshed, and, commonly, actually waking up feeling MORE tired than when they went to bed the night before.
I experienced this and it baffled me. How does that make sense?! I got 10 hours sleep and still wake up feeling MORE tired than when I went to bed?
Well, it has a great deal to do with your adrenal function. Continue reading “Waking up Feeling More Tired or Not Refreshed”
Ahh, just thinking about a bubble bath right now is making me feel relaxed. They’re warm, they smell nice, they’re relaxing and leave us feeling clean, soft and smelling pleasant. What’s not to like?!
Well, add to that the benefits that bubble baths can give us for our hypothyroidism, and they’re just too good to resist..
Continue reading “Why I Love Bubble Baths”
Hello friend, family member, work colleague or doctor of someone who lives with an underactive thyroid. You know someone very brave, very strong, battling a difficult disease called hypothyroidism.
If you’re not a medical professional, you’re probably wondering what exactly an underactive thyroid is or what it does to someone who lives with it, so I’ll do my best to explain it as simply as possible.
Continue reading “An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism”
Adrenal fatigue is a condition not widely recognised by conventional medicine yet, though I believe it’s only a matter of time until it is. It just makes so much sense.
The adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys, are responsible for producing hormones in relation to stress etc. and the one concerned in adrenal fatigue in cortisol. Now, there are two recognised conditions in conventional medicine, in association with extreme dysfunctioning of the adrenal glands. Addison’s, which is a long term condition whereby the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol and Cushing’s is the opposite – where the adrenals produce often dangerously high levels of the hormone. Continue reading “The Adrenal Glands and Hypothyroidism”