Thyroid

13 Silent Signs of a Thyroid Problem

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, produces hormones essential for metabolism and brain activity. Symptoms of a thyroid problem are often vague, but if you notice any of the following signs persisting, or have more than one, endocrinologists recommend seeing a doctor to request a simple blood test to gauge your hormone levels.

BY ALYSSA JUNG

Sleep changes

If you’ve always been a good sleeper but suddenly can’t snooze through the night, it could signal a thyroid problem. An overactive thyroid pumps out certain hormones (triiodothyronine, known as T3, and thyroxine, known as T4) in excess, which can overstimulate the central nervous system and lead to insomnia, says Hossein Gharib, MD, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. On the flip side, if you still feel still tired after a full night’s sleep, or the need to sleep more than usual, you might have an underactive thyroid, in which your body doesn’t produce enough hormones.

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