Sleepless Nights Caused by Hyper-Thyroid (Graves Disease) and Lack of Vitamin D

I’m pretty sure I can attribute my sleepless nights to failure in my battle against hyper-thyroid (Graves Disease).

Tuesday morning (yesterday) I looked in the mirror and saw, to my dismay, that my right eye was popping out more than usual.

Then, when I was having my breakfast and reading the paper, a time when I should feel calm, my little heart was beating too fast—at least it wasn’t pounding away while I was lying in bed, which is even more annoying!

This leads me to review my vitamin D intake.

1) I’ve been lax taking the pills and I may not be taking enough when I do.

2) I haven’t seen any sun lately and when I do, I’m covered with warmies from head to toe because we’ve been lucky lately to crack 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) I haven’t been eating lately sardines or tongel tuna. (Tongel is a tuna that is more oily than the usual super-market varieties. I buy it at Trader Joe’s.) I suspect these help, because my consumption of them seems to coincide with a better time for both sleep and thyroid.

So yesterday, I began with three cod liver oil pills—at 130 IU’s each, still only 390 IU’s. Recommended is 400 IU’s vitamin D, which many researchers consider wildly inadequate.

And yesterday, in the middle of the day when the sun is at its best, I took a sunbath through the clouds, baring by belly and my thighs while wearing a sunhat and a sweatshirt. I entertained myself for half an hour, there in my backyard, reading a book on insomnia.

Our National Institutes of Health information on vitamin D seems a little outdated. It concentrates on bone health as the primary function of vitamin D and pegs a toxicity level at 2,000 IU’s. (I’ve been bumping that number and I have no symptoms of too much, only of too little.) New research indicates vitamin D is necessary for regulating metabolism, a thyroid function of extreme importance. Many find no basis in fear that too much vitamin D is toxic.

I’m not sure that the vitamin D3 added to milk and sold as the primary supplement actually does any good for the thyroid. It seems to me that the fish-oil and sun versions are necessary for complete health.

4 smashing comments for this post.

  1. Maxim Vinokourov Said:

    Thanks for topic. I have problems with my thryroid and now taking vitamin D. Do u know what else could help me?

  2. Rosalie Ross Said:

    It turns out the Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all, but a hormone. It’s made in a five or six step process, starting with a chemical reaction initiated by sun exposure in cholesterol under your skin. The process of your body making Vitamin D includes your kidneys! The chemical Vitamin D that’s added to milk is similar to the “immature” Vitamin D in one of the steps along the way. Our scientists are not really sure how our bodies use the Vitamin D in supplements.

    I think the most important thing you can do is go outside and get some exercise. Ride a bike, take a walk, hoola hoop. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it outside. (This is in addition to any sun bathing you’re able to do.) The next most important thing is to eat a lot of vegetables, preferably raw.

    Good Luck!

  3. Claire Said:

    i have graves disease. and two weeks before, i begin to eat cod liver oil, to get more VA and VD. and my doctor asked me to take blood test this weekend. I hope i will get good news this time.

  4. Rosalie Ross Said:

    I’m finding that I have to keep up the vitamin D therapy even when I’m feeling better.

    When I feel better (not too hyper) I think I don’t need it anymore, then I relapse! ARG!

    What seems to work the best are little sun baths (protect your face and hands!) and sardines with cod liver oil (actually rather tasty!).

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