Can you take melatonin if you have hyperthyroidism?

Melatonin is often used as a sleep aid, but it’s also believed to have other health benefits. However, if you’re one of the millions of people with hyperthyroidism, you may be wondering whether or not melatonin is safe for you to take. Let’s take a look with some humor at what you need to know.

What Exactly Is Hyperthyroidism?

Before we talk about taking melatonin with hyperthyroidism, let’s make sure everyone knows what this condition is all about. Hyper– means “over,” and -thyroidism refers to anything related to the thyroid gland – which produces important hormones in your body.

So when someone has hyperthyroidism, that means their thyroids are putting out too much hormone and sending things into overdrive!
Some common symptoms include:

  • fast heartbeat
  • nervousness/anxiety
  • sudden weight loss
  • fatigue

And just like every superhero needs its Kryptonite (or radioactive spider), there’s always some risk factor that can trigger this condition: stress or Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder).

Now…What About Taking Melatonin?

Okay enough biology class. You already know that lots of people find melatonin helpful for catching zzzs at night; however,you might think twice before reaching for it if dealing with an overactive thyroid.
Why? Because ‘if taken in large quantities’, melatonin could potentially interact poorly with certain medications related towards treating an overactive thyroid.
It allegedley works by somewhat affecting human pituitary-gland activity….whoah there I lost ya didn’t i..

let me elaborate…

You see: The thyroid gland really likes being on top,as any overly confident villain does, so introducing additional outside influence (cough cough) can really mess up the dance routine here.
And there are other ways to catch some sleep.

What Are My Alternatives?

So, yeah, melatonin and hyperthyroidism might clash like Superman against his alternate universe evil twin. But fear not because there are always plenty of other things you can do:

  1. Skip the screen: It’s a proven fact that looking at screens stops our brains from producing its natural sleepy hormone melatonin! So if you’re using your phone or tablet before bed, try switching to reading.

  2. Have Some Nighttime Rituals: You don’t need potions (sorry Harry Potter enthusiasts), but finding little rituals like comfy pajamas or breathing exercises which help put you in “sleep mode”.

  3. Change Your Foods
    Foods rich in magnesium such as walnuts also contain Melatonin.. but they also aid with calming down an anxious body thus giving double relief.

Final Thoughts

Look no further than this stop for learning more about what would happen if Thor took on Hela without Mjölnir…(now we have parted ways with Google search related articles). The point is — when it comes to taking melatonin while dealing with an overactive thyroid,proceed cautiously – especially since everyone is unique!
There isn’t any definitive evidence to suggest melatonin should be completely avoided by people suffering Hyperthyroidism; However since medications affect every patient differently,it’s important each individual consult their primary physician before proceeding.This way,you ensure yourself maximum batting average success…!

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