What if all those restless nights are due to lack of the sunshine vitamin?
Scarce Levels of Vitamin D Could Be Keeping You Up at Night
To promote restful sleep, your body should be getting enough Vitamin D. Why is that? —you might ask. Researchers have found that, in order for us to get optimal sleep, the levels of Vitamin D in our blood should be within a certain range. Vitamin D has an impact on your metabolism, your sleep and even your body’s ability to reproduce, all which are basic elements of survival. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption which important for maintaining strong healthy bones! Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.
The Right Dose of Vitamin D
There’s a lot of ambiguity around this topic. It seems like the “right dose” would be different for everyone. However, a study conducted by Dr. Stasha Gominak, who is a neurologist at the East Texas Medical Center, showed over a two-year period of time that the patients whose blood level of vitamin D was between 60 and 80 ng/ml experienced improvements in their sleep.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Interactions with Medications
According to the NIH Fact Sheet, certain types of medications can interact with vitamin d absorption so speak with your health care provider if you regularly take steroids, the weight-loss drug orlistat (brand names Xenical® and alliTM) and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (brand names Questran®, LoCholest®, and Prevalite®).
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