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43 And Feeling It!!!

by Leslie

I am a 43 year old female who just had a baby three years ago. Sleep as I knew it is a thing of the past. I have a very difficult time desiring to go to sleep at night. I am a stay-at-home mom, so I'm exhausted by the evening after chasing around my toddler amongst my other wifely duties. You'd think I'd crawl in the bed as soon as she's down but I just seem to stay up til midnight.

My husband fusses because I'm visibly tired but just can't seem to turn it off. What I have come to realize is that my body's way of warning me that I have not received enough sleep over time is the deterioration of my fingernails. It's the weirdest thing, but my nails begin to get frail and thin and form these white blotches. My hair even begins to shed and become limp and lifeless. It really just amazes me how differently the lack of sleep can affect one's body.

So off to sleep I go!

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Aug 26, 2014
Symptoms of Thyroid Problem NEW
by: Anonymous

You may want to be checked for antibodies against your thyroid- Hashimotos Disease. I know that brittle nails and hair falling out are signs of a thyroid problem, and Pregnancy is something that can set off Hashimotos.. However, being on thyroid drugs is not always suggested, BUT you can cure an auto Immune disease naturally. Hashimotos is also associated with deppression/low motivation(thats part of deppresion) and exhaustion, and I believe insomnia. It is VERY important you get your thyroid checked out, it regulates all the hormones in your body.. The book I fell upon that I felt inspired to check out at the library was this: The Paleo Approach:Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. You will notice that Doctors don't seem to know a whole lot about the affects of food on the body and its systems.. I was told I would have Hashimotos until I have to have my thyroid removed.. But I've heard testimonies on Youtube of people curing their thyroid and I found this book.. Good Luck :) if that is your situation I mean.

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