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How Stress and Sleep Deprivation Can Damage Your Thyroid?


Thyroid issues are getting more and more common these days and one of the main factors for that is stress. The thyroid gland is very small but it is quite crucial for the whole metabolism in the body and the hormonal balance. When the energy is not used properly by the cells in the body, the whole organism suffers. When the thyroid’s function is too low, it is called hypothyroidism and then it is overactive, it is hyperthyroidism. There are also several autoimmune conditions affecting the thyroid like Hashimoto’s disease and Graves’ disease.

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Can stress damage your thyroid?

The cause of thyroid disorders is complex and definitely one of the factors which is making it worse, it stress. The high levels of stress hormones would suppress the metabolism even more and by slowing it down, you might gain weight. People with thyroid issues usually are experiencing prolonged periods of emotional stress which is either slowing the thyroid down or on the opposite can make it too active causing increased heartbeat, hair loss and anxiety. 

The effect of stress on your thyroid

Chronic stress will lead to a continuous production of cortisol and other stress hormones, which will affect the hormonal balance in the body, decreasing the thyroid and reproductive hormones, triggering insulin resistance and causing sleeping problems. When the cortisol levels are too high, the thyroid gland has to work even harder in order to produce enough thyroid hormones. 

How sleep deprivation can damage the thyroid?

When you are not able to have a good sleep at night, you will experience ups and downs of energy during the day and would not be feeling at your best. The adrenal glands are producing either too much or not enough cortisol which makes you feel tired all the time. Chronic fatigue, sleep deprivation and stress are all interconnected – the less you sleep in the night, the more stressed and tired you will feel in the day and that cycle would repeat itself. So, sleep deprivation would affect your thyroid just the same as high levels of stress and it can cause emotional stress, anxiety and depression. 

Can physical stress cause hyperthyroidism?

It is known that physical stress can cause thyroid storm or hyperthyroidism as your body is trying to speed up all the processes in order to handle the physical challenges coming from the outside. If you have Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism, being hyperactive on the physical level would make things worse. It can also cause anxiety, anger issues, sleep problems and increased heartbeat. 

Can stress make hypothyroidism worse?

When you are stressed and your thyroid is hypoactive, the condition can become worse. Stress negatively affects the immune system, the hormonal balance of many hormones like estrogen, prolactin, insulin, etc. When you are stressed, a huge amount of adrenaline and cortisol is produced which suppress many functions in the body, the stress reaction is an attempt of your body to help you move away as fast as possible from the danger. However, if you feel stressed all the time, then this would deplete your body from resources as everything is used to the maximum and some functions would be literally shut down until you have more vital energy. Stress and sleep deprivation would actually increase the levels of TSH ( thyroid stimulating hormone) produced by the pituitary gland in an attempt to make the thyroid work better. 

How to support your thyroid and nervous system in a gentle but effective way

There is a very effective way to support your thyroid and the nervous system without the use of too many medications and that is to apply cold laser therapy. It is non-invasive, totally safe and gentle. The cold lasers like the one used in coMra devices are known to provide the additional energy needed by the cells in order for them to recover and regenerate. The laser in coMra is additionally supported by magnets, light diodes and even ultrasound (in Delta) in order to provide even more free energy which can be used for healing. The recommended coMra treatment protocols can be found in the coMra User Guide – Universal Treatment 5  for the nervous system and Autoimmune 4 to support the thyroid. Of course, you can apply additional protocols according to your conditions and your needs in order to have even better results with improving your health.

To start using coMra, first search your health issue in the coMra User Guide ( you can use the Web app, download the mobile version or as a pdf file). If you can find it, start applying the relevant to it treatment protocol. If you do not find it, start with coMra Universal 3 and coMra Universal 5 protocols. If you have questions and need support by an expert, please contact us.

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