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NDT and sleep issues

Hi there,

I wonder if anyone else has experienced very agitated sleep on WP or any NDT? I was looking through my notes and have seen that I've needed to take something to help me sleep perhaps too regularly. Usually it's Phenergen or Melatonin. I always have Magnesium at night.

How do you overcome it? It feels as if I have a lot of electrical activity in my head - and do doze or dream quite a lot. It's never a deep sleep (it feels like).

Does anyone experience this? How do you overcome it?

Thank you.

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Hi - have you any recent results to share? The last results I see on your posts are from 2 months ago and show you under-medicated with some moderate to severe deficiencies, have you done anything to correct these?

Trouble sleeping could be to do with the t3 in ndt and possible inability to use it properly due to deficiencies, alternatively too much of it or even too much adrenal action due to being under-medicated so we would need some way to differentiate before being able to properly advise.


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Can I ask how old you are? The reason I'm asking is because my sleeping problems started with the onset of menopause. Lately, I have also needed melatonin to be able to fall asleep and sleep through the night.

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I'm 48. My periods are regular but I do notice that my hypo symptoms seem to worsen the week before my period is due. I think it's definitely connected to my period, but I can't figure it out yet.


I'm 48, too, will turn 49 in December...my sleeping problems started about six months ago. I noticed it took me longer than usual to fall asleep, and I'd wake up two to three times every night. I managed to go back to sleep, but it was not as restful as it used to be...Three months ago, my periods started to become more irregular, after being like clockwork for the past 20 or so years. Before that, I never had a problem, and I've been on NDT since 2011. I'm stable and doing well on it.

In late September, I started suffering from terrible night sweats.

I have found a supplement that seems to be working. It is called Estroven Night and contains black cohosh and melatonin. Since I started taking it, I have been able to sleep through the night, and I no longer wake up every other hour or so drenched in sweat. I am not too crazy about the idea of taking melatonin on a daily basis, but right now, the most important thing to me is to be able to sleep through the night...so I try to tell myself it's no big deal.

I'm not saying the same thing will happen to you, I just wanted to give you another perspective on things. It's so easy to also blame our thyroid meds when something is not right...

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Sleep deprivation is the absolute pits, so you're lucky to have found something that works. I just looked up Estroven Night - but I can't use it as I have Hashi's which means I need to be gluten and soy free. Estroven contains Soy Isoflavones which I presume isn't good for Hashi's.

I will get some new blood results done and hopefully it will show what needs to be done but thanks so much for your reply.


I have Hashi's, too, but am not 100% gluten and soy free. I try to limit intake, that's all.

I hope you find a solution as I cannot agree more with you: a few nights of sleeplessness and you feel terrible!!!



You might want to try some progesterone . As we get older our progesterone levels drop . You can buy over the counter natural progesterone cream . They are transdermal .


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