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Try Vitamin D for Better Sleep

  • 13 October 2018
  • By Shveta Bhagat
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Adequate Vitamin is a prerequisite for good sleep. It is known to reduce inflammation or more specifically inflammatory cytokines that interfere in sleep, thus helping in proper functioning of the body easing sleep. Vitamin D also reduces the production of an inflammation triggering molecule called prostaglandin D2, helping regulate sleep.

Medical research shows that vitamin D is involved in the proper function of the brain and vitamin D receptors are found in several regions of the brain involved in sleep such as the preoptic area of the hypothalamus. This power packed Vitamin is also known to help boost immunity keeping all potential infections and diseases at bay, helping the body to rest well and regenerate healthy cells. All of the autoimmune diseases, such as, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, are a fall out of low vitamin D.

Low levels of vitamin D may disrupt sleep indirectly as it may bring upon other health issues that could come in the way of sleep. Sleep apnea being one of them. Severe Vitamin D deficiency also causes an imbalance in the intestinal bacteria and it is absolutely essential that normal bacteria be brought back for good quality sleep.

In certain cases Vitamin D is required to be taken along with Vitamin B, especially when there are signs of pain. In case you have signs of fibromyalgia, muscle pain, arthritis, or burning/tingling in the hands or feet, it is advisable to have Vitamin D along with Vitamin B5 . “If you start vitamin D supplementation by itself, without correcting the intestinal bacteria (by taking B50 or B100 for three months) you will eventually become B5 deficient and start to wake with pain and stiffness in the morning,” says Dr Stasha Gominak.

Determining how much Vitamin D your body needs can be tricky. While the Vitamin D Council says you should get 1,000 IUs per 25 lbs of body weight on daily bases, the general consensus amongst experts is the intake should be 10,000 IU. The experts believe this is the proportion your body would make if comes in contact with the right amount of sunlight. However one can go in for a blood test to figure your body’s exact needs. Your dose can depend on age, weight, overall health, skin color, and average sun exposure.

Do keep in mind an overdose of Vitamin D can have an adverse effect. An overdose can also cause inflammation, headaches and prove toxic. Hence it is important to consult a physician before taking it.

You need to check on the amount you need to consume and have it at the right time as well, if you want to improve your well being and upgrade your sleep. It is best to have it first thing in the morning, as it is known to have the inverse effect of melatonin, making you restless if you have it at night. Having it in the morning will increases the REM deep sleep at night.

If you run short on Vitamin D, going in for it will make you see the difference in no time as it enhances the quality of life by reducing pains, building strength and increasing sleep.

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